PROTESTS ARE WORLDWIDE
Worldwide protest against the US-led war on Iraq shows no sign of abating with many demonstrations planned for today.
Anti-war protesters in Asia have burned American flags and held up photographs of Iraqi children wounded in the 1991 Gulf War as images of wounded Iraqi civilians fueled anger against the US-led attack in Iraq.
In Japan the centre of Tokyo was halted by demonstrators protesting against the war.
The wave of anti-war protests in Asia, which started before the first strikes in Iraq, was fueled by footage replayed on local TV stations from the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel showing civilian victims of the bombing raids.
In Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim nation - demonstrators set ablaze US flags and photos of US President George W. Bush in front of the heavily guarded US Embassy in Jakarta.
"We want to stop globalization of the US militarism and instead promote peace," said Kensaku Ikeda, a 69-year-old participant.
About 2,000 South Koreans took to the streets to protest government plans to dispatch up to 700 non-combat troops to support the US-led coalition.
Other Asian governments faced pressure to harden their stance in opposing the war.
Indian opposition parties urged Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to adopt a parliamentary resolution against the war - a demand Vajpayee earlier rejected.
In New Zealand, about 4,000 people marched to the US and Australian missions in the capital, Wellington.
Protesters chanted a warning to Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a staunch US ally: "John Howard, You can't hide, we charge you with genocide."
Australia has 2,000 military personnel involved in the war.
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