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ON FEBRUARY 15, 2003, MILLIONS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS IN OVER 800 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD POURED INTO THE STREETS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE RUSH TOWARDS THE INVASION OF IRAQ.

According to BBC News, 6 to 10 million people took part in protests in up to 60 countries, on every continent, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of February 2003. Other reports estimated the actual number was closer to 30 million. Protesters from Tasmania to Iceland, New York to Sydney, and London to Rome, marched against the impending war in Iraq. Even at the McMurdo base in Antarctica, more than 50 scientists staged a half-hour rally.

It has been described as “the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen. Director, Amir Amirani, produced ‘We Are Many’ over 11 years, filming across seven countries including: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, the UK and the USA.

London, UK

I had attended the march the previous autumn – very much better weather! I had also helped set up a local StW group in Thanet, Kent during the interim. A mate and I travelled up by train and got to…

London, UK

Travelled down from Scotland. Abiding memory is the vast amount of people on the Embankment and a sea of people as far as you could see in Hyde Park.

London, UK

I marched in London. It was bitter cold but we felt the warmth of solidarity with each other & all those around the world who were opposing the war for oil. Bush & Blair were determined on war at any…

London, UK

In the early weeks of 2003 I was becoming ever angrier that the Labour Government that I had helped to elect were seriously contemplating embarking on a war that would inevitably result in the death of tens of thousands of…

London, UK

I was working until 4.30 that day and was unable to get the day off. Rather than not take part in what was clearly going to be a historic day I got a map of the route and decided to…

London, UK

The marches meant a lot to me and ultimately I was ashamed to have supported a government that was so ill-prepared to listen to its people. We thought we’d finally got the message across. The one event I remember above…

Damascus, Syria

i did not march, but in my heart i was marching…i was praying instead! i went to syria on an interfaith peace pilgrimage, flying through a wall of media created fear, as Bush threatened to bomb Syria. arriving in a…

London, UK

I went with a friend from Christchurch Dorset, we got the train to London Waterloo and made our way to Great Russell Street. I can remember walking form Tottenham Court Road tube station and as we got closer to the start of…

New York, United States

My husband Neil and I were alarmed at the ever increasing calls for war in late 2002 and early 2003. When we learned that there would be a march in New York on February 15 to demand that our country…

Sydney, Australia

I was on holiday in Australia on the day of the protests.  My family there thought that I was insane for wanting to join the anti-war march on the only day I would have in Sydney.  It was a special…

London, UK

In London, it was bitterly cold. The Stop the War march moved forward so slowly, people around me were losing body heat rapidly, despite dancing on the spot to the rhythm of the nearest band in the crowd. People had…

London, UK

I marched in London – there were so many people it was incredible.  I remember trying to arrnage to meet up with a friend – no chance!

Scotland, UK

I was living on a small Scottish Island at the time. The prospect of a war so many did not want, made me want to join those trying to avert it. First, I wrote an article published in The New Statesman,…

London, UK

I caught the bus from Kensal Rise to Oxford Street. There were coach loads of people going to the march. As I looked out of the bus window, an old guy wearing a turban on one of the coaches looked…

London, UK

I’d done my share of protesting in the 60s and 70s and felt that younger people should be doing it in the 0ties. But  this was one march I could not ignore. Travelled from home in Bristol and sstayed with…

London, UK

I was there, I marched, and I missed Leeds Utd at home. Now that was commitment to the cause as anyone who knows me can say.  

London, UK

As I walked south through central London towards the main body of the march with my friend, we were both struck by the never-ending stream of people on every single street .It was as if there were literally thousands of…

Berlin, Germany

I was in Berlin in the week before 15th February 2003, at the film festival. When it ended, many of us took to the march in Berlin. It was the biggest gathering I had ever participated in. When I returned…

London, UK

I got the train down from St Neots (Cambridgeshire) with my first child who was three and a half months old at the time.  Without the use of a mobile phone (yes, really) I managed to meet up with my…

Germany

Right after 9/11, some kind of military action was inevitable. The Bush administration decided to attack the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Wether or not they were involved in the planning of the attacks, from what I knew of the Taliban,…

London, UK

We took the tube from Finsbury Park to Covent Garden then walked down to the Embankment.  We were surrounded by people all walking down to Embankment – people with whistles, horns, drummers – it felt like carnival. By the time…

Dayton, Ohio

I marched in February, 2003, over the course of three days, in Dayton, Ohio

New York, United States

It was bitterly cold on that day in Northern New York, but that didn’t stop the hundreds who gathered in the Chapel of St Lawrence University to hear speakers before we set out to march. Bundled to our eyeballs we…

Shenfield, UK

I was 13 years old, and at secondary school. I remember vividly, not really understanding the dynamics of the protest, but being avidly against creating more war. At the break between lessons, we were discussing how disgusted we were about…