Tens of thousands of flag-waving, whistle-blowing protesters
have flooded Florence, marching through the Renaissance city to denounce a
possible US-led war against Iraq. Fired with anti-Americanism and angered by a
tough new UN resolution on Iraq, well over 150,000 people from across Europe
joined the demonstration. (AFP photo)...
The new left begins to form in Europe to stop little
George's Iraq attack
There are worldwide protests against little George's war which are increasing in
number and size every week. The youth adults of the world are not deceived by the fact
that little George is after Iraqi oil and not weapons of mass destruction.
The protest in Florence, Italy brought together several hundred thousand
anti-war protesters. This is the kind of anti-war protests that
marked the exit of the United States from Vietnam. But now the protests
are worldwide thanks to the power of the Internet.
Indirectly the war in Vietnam and the paranoia of Richard Nixon ended his
Presidency. But little George isn't paying attention.
In the end, WorldPeace !
November 10, 2002
November 9, 2002 3:15 PM
Florence flooded by anti-war protesters
By Luke Baker
FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of flag-waving,
whistle-blowing protesters have flooded Florence, marching
through the Renaissance city to denounce a possible U.S.-led war
Fired with anti-Americanism and angered by a tough new United
Nations resolution on Iraq, well over 150,000 people from
across Europe joined the demonstration, holding aloft a sea of
rainbow-coloured, multi-lingual banners.
Music blared from speakers, balloons drifted through the air and
jugglers entertained the crowds, bringing a carnival-like
atmosphere to what looked set to be the largest anti-war rally
Italy has seen for years.
"Take your war and go to hell," one banner read.
"Another Europe is possible. No to War," said another.
The march marked the climax of the first European Social Forum,
which brought together anti-globalisation campaigners from
across the continent for four days of talks and concerts.
Organisers estimated that some 300,000 people had joined the
protest, and said they had to kick off the march an hour ahead
schedule because of the huge press of people building up in
streets. The police gave no immediate estimates of numbers.
"The atmosphere here is wonderful. Absolutely perfect. It
shows that a new young left is emerging," said Stavos
27-year-old Greek activist from Athens.
The march was one of the largest public safety challenges
Italian authorities have faced since the G8 summit in Genoa last
when 300,000 demonstrators took to the streets and an orgy of
violence left one protester dead and hundreds injured.
Although some 7,000 police were on call on Saturday, the
security forces maintained an extremely low profile at the start
protest, with most of their number held in reserve some distance
from the seven-km (4.5 mile) rally route.
The rest of Florence was a ghost town with most shops in the
art-rich historical centre pulling down the shutters for fear of
violence. However, the city's famed museums remained open and
offered free entry to the few tourists around.
The march was planned months ago, but organisers said it had
been given added relevance by Friday's unanimous vote in the
U.N. Security Council, which handed Iraq one last chance to
disarm or face almost certain war.
"We no longer have any illusions about institutions like
the United Nations and their ability to help humanity,"
said Alain Krivine, a
far-left French politician. He added that he was convinced the
U.S. had already made up its mind to attack Iraq.
"Marches alone won't stop wars, but this is quite literally
a first step," he said.
While Friday's U.N. resolution gives the Security Council a
central role in assessing the new arms' inspection programme for
Iraq, it does not force the United States to seek council
authorisation for war in the case of violations.
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