Thousands of protestors marched against the Iraq war in Los Angeles on
Saturday as part of a global day of action that drew huge crowds in London
and smaller protests elsewhere in Europe and Canada.
Police said about 2,000 people marched through Hollywood, while organizers
put the figure at 10,000. They carried banners denouncing President George
W. Bush and urged an end to the conflict in Iraq, where 155,000 US troops
Earlier, thousands of people gathered in London and the Scottish city of
Glasgow ahead of the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq on
March 20, calling for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq and
Police in London said there were 10,000 on the streets but organizers the
Stop the War Coalition put the crowds at between 30,000 to 40,000. In
Glasgow police estimated between 1,000 to 1,500 protesters at the height of
In Los Angeles, Vietnam war veteran Ron Kovic, whose book "Born on the
Fourth of July" was turned into a film with Tom Cruise, joined the march
down Hollywood Boulevard in his wheelchair.
Shot and paralyzed in Vietnam 40 years ago, he told AFP he felt "sorrow" and
"anguish" for the Iraqi people and for the US men and women fighting there
"who are suffering, who are losing their arms and legs, who are being
"But I feel more than anything, when I see what's going on in Iraq I feel
determined, determined to fight with everything within us to stop this
madness," he added.
Meanwhile in London, veteran left-winger and former Labour Party lawmaker
Tony Benn said Britain's involvement in Iraq, where the country has 4,100
troops, and Afghanistan, where it has 7,800, had caused "devastation." . . .
Penny Coleman, "Winter
Soldier: America Must Hear These Iraq Vets' Stories," AlterNet, March 16, 2008
Kristen M. Daum, "Protests mark Iraq war's 5th anniversary," Los
Angeles Times, March 20, 2008
5 YEARS TOO MANY