30-40,000 March In London
Besides San Diego, antiwar protests were held across the country, in Canada and in Europe. In rallies and marches, thousands came out in protest of the 5th anniversary of the start of the war and occupation in Iraq.
Some early reports of attendance have come in. In Hollywood, police estimated 2000 marched through the community, while organizers placed the figure higher at 10,000. Other U.S. cities that had antiwar events today were Eureka, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Austin and Galveston in Texas; and Portland, Oregon. In Tacoma, Washington, antiwar protesters squared off against pro-war counter-demonstrators at a local mall. The Winter Soldier events in Washington, D.C., took precedence in the Capitol, so no large demos were held.
There were demonstrations in 20 cities in Canada as citizens were protesting their government’s involvement in Afghanistan. 1,000 people rallied in Toronto and 500 did so in Ottawa.
The largest demonstration was held in London, where estimates of 30,000 to 40,000 people marched and rallied in Trafalgar Square. Several thousand also protested in Glasgow, Scotland. Hundreds of people rallied in Stockholm and another city in Sweden, and in Norway and Denmark.
More demonstrations in this country are planned for March 19th. San Francisco, Chicago and New Haven, Connecticut have plans for peace events. Civil disobedience is planned for Washington, D.C. as well. Chattanooga, Tennessee will sponsor an antiwar rally on March 22nd.