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GLOBAL ANTI-WAR: J-18: Hundreds of Thousands Protest War on Iraq in DC, San Francisco and around the World

Chris Geovanis, Chicago IMC
With war on Iraq perhaps only weeks away, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Washington, DC and San Francisco in the largest anti-war protests held in the US since the Vietnam era. ( See these SF aerial photos )

The D.C. march -- with crowd estimates ranging from 200,000 to 500,000 protesters -- stretched at least 24 city blocks. The march was halted short of the scheduled destination point, the Washington Navy Yard, when DC municipal authorities refused to allow International A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition organizers to set up a stage and sound system.

On Sunday, Jan 19, 16 anti-war protesters were arrested in a civil disobedence action near the White House. One peace activist, 83 year old Clara Sinclair from Sandy Springs Retirement Home was injured when police removed her from the intersection of 16th and H Streets, bordering the fenced off Lafayette Park.

Anti-war protests this weekend literally spanned the globe, including demonstrations in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Japan, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt -- and at Antarctica's McMurdo Station.

Additional protests were held in Portland, Ore, Tucson, AZ, Yorba Linda, CA, Montpelier, VT, Charlottesville,VA, Madison, WI, Rockford, Il, St.Louis, MO, Albuquerque, NM, Denton County, TX, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Spokane, WA, Honolulu, Hawai'i, and other cities and towns across the US.

Eyewitness Accounts and Essays:

  • Reflections on J-18 and What It Means
  • DC photos: The aura of the crowd fills me with love and hope
  • DC Protest Photos and Essay

    CIMC DC J-18 Photo Galleries: [ 1 | 2 ]

    Continuing Coverage:
    [ DC-IMC | SF-IMC | Global IMC | Free Speech TV ]





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