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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 was 13 at the time. I had been on one demonstration before in September of the previous year and I had really enjoyed it! I actually felt like I was making a difference! I went along with my mother,…

London, UK

I saw in my local paper that a coach was leaving for the protest in London, Organised by the Quakers (i think).  I felt i had to do something but had no means of getting myself to London so despite…

Seattle, United States

I was part of the 20,000-30,000 people who marched in Seattle. It was powerful to be part of such an important day and to see so many people passionately speaking out against tyranny and aggression. I look forward to seeing…

Baghdad, Iraq

In Baghdad, together with hundreds of people from the peace movement. It was an extraordinary atmosphere in the streets of Baghdad.

London, UK

I am a Methodist Minister and had to dedicate a tree in the village of Bozeat in memory of a member who had died.  Then I dashed home and went with my husband by train from Wellinborough to London to march…

Brussels, Belgium

I didn’t march on February 15 2003. On that day I was in my office trying to help the MEPs belonging to the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty. Bush and Blair used to repeat that “doing nothing is not…

London, UK

Our bus started at the Central Mosque in Birmingham.  We joined with thousands of others to try to influence Blair.  How naive we were!

London, UK – This is a film that must be made.

In February 2003 I was living in London. I remember September 11th 2001 because I was working at the same company I work for now, NewsNow.co.uk. We watched events unfold on an old TV in the office while trying to…

London, UK – It’s still left an impression on me to this very day.

I was only about 11, I went with my Dad, after he’d told me all about what was going on and what this protest was all about. It was really exciting, seeing everyone’s passion and drive. It’s still left an…

London, UK – People of all ages, races and backgrounds came together.

I attended the march in Hyde Park, London. I remember a lot of people, political group and rousing speeches, and muslims praying in the afternoon. People of all ages, races and backgrounds came together.  It was a great day.  We…

London, UK – Millions demonstrated yet the authorities still went to war.

I joined the March of Saturday 15 February 2003.  I was the only one from my group of peers that I know that did.  They all believe the hyperbolic drivel the government was giving out.  Most of them came over…

London, UK – My whole family travelled to London.

feb 2003 my whole family travelled to london to join the march before the war on Iraq. iwould like to do the same as drum of war are beating against Iran and syria

Brisbane, Australia – It was the largest protest ever held in Brisbane.

I marched in Brisbane, Australia. It was the largest protest ever held in Brisbane. I am proud that at least some of us carry on resisting permanent war and Australia’s role.

Brisbane, Australia – It took an hour for the 100 000 protesters to get from City Hall to the forum at the Botanic Gardens.

The largest Brisbane anti-war rally was on Sunday 16 February 2003. Three of us, Helen Grant-Taylor, Ann Darvall and Dawn Joyce, took the train into the city for an 11 am start. There was standing room only on the train…

London, UK – We had to stand up and be counted.

Betrayed by Blair, we had to stand up and be counted. I took my 9 year old daughter on the London March. I wanted her to understand that you have to get off your arse sometimes and make your voice…

London, UK – It was an amazing time.

I was studying Arabic at SOAS at the time and been to check out Syria and Damascus University where I was hoping to do a year of my degree. I stayed a few months and travelled to Jordan and Lebanon….

London, UK – There were so many of us

The thing that impressed me the most that day was not only the sheer number of people who showed up from all over the UK but also the pervading spirit of optimism. We all truly believed that, like the Vietnam protests…

London, England

I felt then, and still do, that war is never the answer. I went to the march with my daughter and it was a tremendous feeling being with so many like minded people. I am also proud that we can…

Asheville, NC

I was there. Hundreds, if not thousands, gathered in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, NC. There trees were full of people, as was every bench, table, rock, sidewalk, and brick wall around the park. The people spilled into the streets….

Newton, Massachusetts, USA

A rather large gathering at the Newton Center “triangle.”  As always, I was feeling uncomfortable in the role of a demonstrator but very obviously not as much as some other people around me.  It was rush hour at this commuters’…

Los Angeles, CA – To stand with 100,000 on the streets of Hollywood will be a day I will never forget. 

I started protesting in 2002.  I was involved with an organization who supported a women’s group in Afghanistan called the Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan.  I did not believe that was was the answer in Afghanistan and also…

london

First I marched against the invasion of Afghanistan, before the UK went in. By the time Blair was planning Iraq too I was livid. It was obviously all going to backfire.  My brother and his daughters came up from Bristol,…

London, England

Abingdon Peace Group took a coach full of people down, which dropped us on the South Bank. We crossed Waterloo Bridge and joined a massive diversion round Aldwych to join the tail end of the march, and ended up actually…

London

It was an incredible day. The numbers of people and the diversity was tremendous. I could not believe how many people came and I was excited and moved.There were thousands of parents with their children. There were thousands young people…