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"Anti-War" [Saddamite] Protesters Refuse to Give Up
Reuters | Saturday, March 22, 2003 | By BARRY RENFREW

Posted on 03/22/2003 11:13:58 AM PST by JohnHuang2

Anti-War Protesters Refuse to Give Up

By BARRY RENFREW .c The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) - Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in cities around the world and outside U.S. military bases Saturday, but their rallies for an immediate end to war in Iraq were far smaller than recent protests.

``Bush, murderer,'' chanted protesters in Paris, while protesters in Helsinki, Finland roared, ``George Bush, CIA, how many kids did you kill today?''

Despite large turnouts in some cities, the mostly peaceful marches were dwarfed by anti-war protests Feb. 15, which saw some of the largest demonstrations in history.

Organizers said there had not been much time to plan protests, but there was little sign of people responding to calls to pour into the streets or responding spontaneously to the start of war.

Jaakko Kartano, a student marching in Helsinki, said, ``People ask what's the use of this, but our task is to instill faith in people and try and prevent anything like it (the war) happening again.''

In London, marchers expressed frustration. Turnout was well down from last month's mass rally, which drew at least 750,000 people. Police estimated turnout Saturday at less than 100,000, while organizers claimed 150,000.

Many protesters said they did not expect British Prime Minister Tony Blair or President Bush to listen to them.

``I don't think there is a snowball's chance in hell this march will stop the war but it's going to send out a message to next time, maybe,'' said Ernie Vandermass, a student who marched in London.

Protests would grow as the war continued, organizers said, but some marchers said people were discouraged and support may be ebbing.

Saturday's biggest protests were in Europe, with dozens of demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people in Britain, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and other countries.

A few radicals scuffled with police on the fringes of some rallies, but there were no reports of significant clashes or arrests. Dozens of protesters hurled rocks and paint at police who used tear gas and dogs to stop them reaching the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway.

Police said 90,000 people marched in Paris.

French protesters singled out the McDonald's fast food chain as a symbol of American influence. Protesters pelted rocks at a restaurant in Strasbourg and others burst into a McDonald's in Lyon.

Protesters also gathered outside U.S. military bases in Europe.

About 5,000 people protested at an Air Force base in Fairford, England, from where U.S. B-52 bombers have been flying sorties. They laid flowers at the main gate for ``the death of democracy.''

In Santiago, Chile, more than 4,000 people marched through the city center. Some burned a U.S. flag and placed signs reading ``boycotted'' at the entrance to a McDonald's.

In Asia, the largest demonstrations were in Indonesia, the world's most populous Islamic nation, but only a few thousand people took part. Some burned U.S. flags and photos of Bush.

``Fight back, Americans are killers,'' protesters chanted outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

Protests were considerably smaller than anti-war demonstrations in recent weeks. Some 400 people protested in Tokyo, police said, compared to about 30,000 at a demonstration earlier this month.

Protests continued for a second day in the Middle East after violent anti-American clashes Friday, mainly involving students in small demonstrations.

Riot police used tear gas against some 200 high school students who threw stones near the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain. Hundreds of riot police watched as about 5,000 students gathered at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

``Oh Arab army! Where are you?'' the Cairo students chanted, calling on Arab nations to send troops to support Iraq.

Some protests singled out Britain and Australia, the only nations fighting with U.S. forces. Italian police used tear gas to break up protesters who tossed paint at the British consulate in Venice and 4,000 people marched to the Australian embassy in New Zealand.

Denouncing the Australian prime minister, they chanted: ``John Howard, you can't hide. We charge you with genocide.''

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: loonyleft
Saturday, March 22, 2003

Quote of the Day by rintense

1 posted on 03/22/2003 11:13:58 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
``George Bush, CIA, how many kids did you kill today?''

uh.... 0! Amazing they don't/haven't asked... "Saddam, murderous b*stard, how many kids have you killed?" The answer would be quite different.
2 posted on 03/22/2003 11:18:02 AM PST by Jerry Attrick
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To: Jerry Attrick
That's why they're Saddamites -- whether they like to be called that or not :^)
3 posted on 03/22/2003 11:19:05 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
I asked a collection of friends what we should do to rid ourselves of the protestors.

They suggested exposing their funding as a means of identifying their true goal.

Use this list of links to disseminate the funding sources and agenda behind the protestors:

Michael Savage confirmed receipt of only one of these articles. Apparently his staff only allows receipt of one article per day per sender?

4 posted on 03/22/2003 11:23:40 AM PST by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: Jerry Attrick
Interesting that despite the blatant anti-american, anti-Bush sentiments expressed by so many of these people the media, for the most part, still insists that these are "anti-war" rallies and that all these people really want is an end to the US-led war in Iraq.

It should also be noted that the media has, on more than one ocassion, reffered to a "Pro-Troops Rally" as a "Pro-War" Rally. No bias there eh?

5 posted on 03/22/2003 11:29:38 AM PST by The_Pickle ("We have no Permanent Allies, We have no Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent Interests")
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To: JohnHuang2

6 posted on 03/22/2003 11:33:11 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: JohnHuang2
What I would do with these a holes is....instead of using fire trucks with nice clean water..
I would use Septic Pump Trucks (aka shiite suckers) and empty these through high pressure hoses on these people..
Even that would clean them up a bit...imo
7 posted on 03/25/2003 8:26:39 AM PST by joesnuffy
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