As the U.S. led military campaign in Iraq enters its fourth day, thousands of protesters continue raising their voices all around the world. But as Laura Keel reports, many others are instead showing their support for the U.S. troops.
NAT SOUND PROTESTERS CHANTING
In New York, tens of thousands of protesters walked down Broadway Saturday, to show their opposition to the U.S. military assault against Iraq. Several city officials, religious leaders, and others joined the march led by a coalition of more than 200 national organizations.
“I am here because I am a human being who wants human beings to live in peace.”
In Seattle, Washington, hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered after three consecutive days of protests there. Police in full riot gear followed the protesters because they did not have a permit to march downtown. Sixteen people were arrested.
In Washington, D.C., amid intense security, almost 4,000 people gathered near the White House carrying homemade signs and chanting anti-war slogans.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 supporters of U.S. troops gathered in Sedalia, Missouri. The town is located near Whiteman Air Force Base where B-52 bombers are based.
U.S. Senator Jim Talent, who attended the rally, said an increasing number of people are now voicing their support:
SENATOR JIM TALENT
“People still have some disagreements about the policy but we’re on the ground now and we need to support the troops.”
Overseas, anti-war rallies were also held in Brussels where protesters angrily demanded an end to the war in Iraq. Several protesters threw stones at the U.S. embassy. Riot police used water cannons to disperse the crowds.
In Rome, protesters carried peace banners and some held pump handles in a sign of protest against American oil companies. Other protests were also held in Bahrain, Gaza, Australia, and Indonesia.