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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 England

I don’t remember what happened really, I suffer with long term memory. But I was there, I know that

London

I went to London from Blackburn in Lancashire on the train with my baby son and young daughter to join the march. We attached a huge love heart on sticks to the push chair. There were so many people I…

London

Last demo with my dad.

london

Wemt dpwm tp Londpn by coach from Bangor. There were about six coaches. At service stations on the journey we met loads pf others all heading to the March.

london, uk

It was wrong. We had to say it.

Reading UK

Caught a coach with friends and other people concerned about making a stand. I had a problem with my mobility so took a camping stool with me, if I needed to sit down. I got seperated from my group but…

London

Against any form of war.

London

I happened to be the organiser of the Young People’s Parliament for Essex. Aged 11-16 they all wanted to go so I hurriedly organised parental permission and a couple of parents came as well. It was the first march they…

London

It was clear there were no WMDs and that getting control of Iraq’s oil was paramount. The fact that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 was also clear. As predicted a country that had few if any terrorists was…

London, UK

A total humbling experience to be part of such a world movement with a united voice of ‘not in my name’. We experienced the inevitable kettling by the Police but it didn’t break the chain of resistance that was powerfully…

London, UK

I’ve been on protest marches for various issues since I was a teenager, including the notorious anti-poll tax demo that ended in mass riots (and was the death knell of Margaret Thatcher’s leadership). But nothing prepared me for the sheer…

Woodbridge

London. We travelled by coach which was organised by our local Greenpeace group (Waveney Greenpeace) from Suffolk to London. Rob my partner and our son James who was 10 years old. We had an amazing and inspirational day. We really…

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Cars were not being allowed into the city so we had to find another way. My son, Fraser, and my grand-daughter, Lydia, (then aged 13) who live in Edinburgh came to West Lothian because we had been told, most kindly,…

Bradford, UK

As well as marches, there were lots of acts of civil disobedience all over the UK. In Bradford, on the morning of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, myself and a group of a dozen or so people chained…

Colchester, Essex

I attended a candlelight vigil at Essex University. It was very moving.

London, England

I marched with friends and family in London. It was a massive march and it took us a long time to get to where the march was due to start from and an even longer time before the march got…

London

I was just 14 but old enough to feel rage. Me and 5 other friends bunked school after second period and reached Central London around midday. There, we joined the protest (the front, middle, back- we didn’t know. There were…

London

I met a friend I’ve known for 20 years who is from Iraq originally, and who has a far more interesting story to tell than me. Through her I met her friend, Chris Johnstone, on the march. He is co-author…

London, UK

Inspiring!

Glasgow Scotland

I marched along with tens of thousands of men women and children. I had marched on the same route in 1968 to protest about the Vietnam War.This day 2003 I was accompanied by my daughter who was 4 mths pregnant…

Glasgow Scotland

I marched along with tens of thousands of men women and children. I had marched on the same route in 1968 to protest about the Vietnam War.This day 2003 I was accompanied by my daughter who was 4 mths pregnant…

London, UK

I had just started a PhD in Anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London. About a month in, in November 2003, I turned up for a class in Anthropology and Representation, and our lecturer informed us that we were all going…

Glasgow, Scotland

Tony Blair was visiting Glasgow. We marched, good humoured, from George Square to Crown Plaza Hotel where he was attending a meeting, many of us convinced that our numbers, our passion, our conviction that he was one of us, would…

London

I went to the demo in London with my family. It was the biggest demonstration I had ever been on, so big that we stood going nowhere for a long time, went for a coffee, came back and still the…