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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

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San Francisco, CA USA

I had been going to meetings and smaller rallies since July 2002 in San Francisco. My nephew, in the Marines Reserve, had been called up to Camp Pendleton (he bravely refused to be deployed to Iraq when asked). My heart…

Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg Fredsaktion (Peace Action) was formed in October 2001 in response to the then threat of war in Afghanistan. Sadly it didn’t stay a threat for long. The people of Aalborg were initially slightly bemused at our vigils and other…

LONDON- UNITED KINGDOM

I was working in London at the time. I was following really closely everything that was going on in Iraq, and was appalled by the series of lies Tony Blair was inventing to justify this crime. The day of the…

London, UK

With two small children and a dog, in the big city for the day, being a country boy, I’d never seen so many people. And they still went ahead…..

London, U.K.

Travelled up by train to the London demonstration with my two sons aged 11and 7, most amazing site to see the sheer mass of people on the streets ( who were a vast cross section of society) together in opposition…

Edinburgh

This was the first demonstration I had ever been involved in. Feeling so angry that my country was launching a war against Iraq that I knew was wrong I felt compelled to attend the march. It was an incredible feeling…

london, uk

I had taken the day off work to go on the march, over slept and thought I was late to the march . . . I thought I was late to join the march ! but joined it as thousands…

Edinburgh

Walked on a sunny day with hope

London, United Kingdom

I marched alongside Pensioners, Students, Off duty Police officers, Lawyers, Unemployed and even members of the Armed Forces. It was the most passionate and amazing day of my life. I felt like we couldn’t be ignored and that it was…

York, North Yorkshire

I resigned from the Labour Party over this issue. I wanted to join the march to show that the Government was not acting in my name. I was ashamed of the U.K. I took my son, who was then only…

Whaingaroa-Raglan, Aotearoa New Zealand

We held a rally by the sea in our little village of 5000 souls. There were about 100 of us, all ages, both sexes and many ethnicities. Calling for peace and no NZ Troops to be sent to Iraq. With…

Treforest

Too congested to actually march so we shuffled shoulder to shoulder thru London, England until we reached Hyde Park, then strode straight back to coach for Pontypridd, Wales. Too full to slip away for coffee – like trying to jump…

London

I joined the demonstration in London. The march was huge and peaceful and was supported by a large cross section of the British people and clearly showed that Blair did not have a mandate to wage an illegal war on…

London

My whole family were there. My wife and I came down from York and we met up with our two children who live in London. We assembled at Gower Street where it began to dawn on us how huge this…

London

After feeling utterly powerless and seeing that the then-Tony Blair-led govt was taking us to war regardless, joining the march was the only thing I could do to demonstrate how I felt. It was the first demo I went on…

Ascot

I travelled down from Dundee overnight in a coach full of strangers who agreed with me. I was sat next to a veteran and we swapped stories and stuck together through the day, and the whole of the next night…

London

I marched in London traveling from North Wales, I felt part of something big, good, great, I loved the togetherness, “our name”, you and me my friend, we hold the same and I am proud to walk alongside you. Of…

London, to Hyde Park

Marvellous day, met a very knowledgable chap who took my photo of me with my banner, which still has a prominent place on the bookcase, I can’t remember his name, but would love, to get an email from him, what…

Portsmouth England

My wife and I are not the protesting types, but we were both so incensed by the prospect of being dragged into a silly conflict that we wanted to make our voices heard. My abiding memory is that the police…

London

We got the chartered train along with many others from Hull and walked with thousands of others to Hyde Park – we took so long to get there (the streets were THICK with so many people/dogs, music and police) that…

Hobart Australia

Myself, my two children, my partner and all my friends marched on February 15th, 2003. It was the biggest, most energetic march that has ever happened in Hobart – 20,000 people was my guess. I saw old friends on the…

London

The last march I was on was an Aldermaston march,so not exactly a regular protester. But ,like many many people of who had never marched before I felt an overwhelming need to DO something about the insane rushing towards an…

València, Spain

I haven’t photographies of 15F in Valencia, but I have them of later days, in http://www.uv.es/pla/03320val.htm Also, I published links to demonstrations in all the world, in http://www.uv.es/pla/EUPV/15FLHCG.htm