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More anti-war rallies as Iraq anniversary approaches

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More anti-war rallies as Iraq anniversary approaches


Anti-war protests are continuing worldwide, in the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. In Brussels, the Bush administration was denounced by dozens of different groups. Demonstrators marched to the American Embassy in Belgium – observing two minutes of silence and evoking the death toll by lying on the ground. The rally urged an end to war not only in Iraq but also issued a call for peace throughout the Middle East. Those leading the protest outlined their aims.

“It is time to put some order in the way the international community is organised,” said Pierre Galand of the Centre d’action laïque. “That is what we want to say today. No to war -but a different way of living together, a different way of dealing with conflicts on the planet.” Across the Atlantic, a massive anti-war march has been weaving its way through Manhattan.

Actor Tim Robbins was among the speakers at the demonstration in New York. It follows Saturday’s major rallies in cities including Washington, Madrid, Athens and Seoul. The exact fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war is tomorrow, March 20.

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