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War Protests Continue - 2003-03-30

Nearly a week and a half after U.S. and coalition forces invaded Iraq, anti- war protests continue around the world. Kimberly Russell has more on the international anti-war demonstrations.

Throughout much of Asia, anti-war protestors took to the streets. In a rare move, Chinese officials approved a local protest—paving the way for several hundred expatriates to demonstrate against the war in Iraq. Marching past the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, they carried anti-war banners as police watched. Jim Weldon is a British national.

“I am upset and very disappointed by the beginning of the war, and felt just because we live in China doesn’t absolve us of our duty to stand up and make our voices heard in opposition.”

In Jakarta, Indonesia, more than 100,000 protestors shouted anti-American slogans and waved banners as they marched towards the U.S. Embassy. With hundreds of police standing guard in front of the embassy, the demonstration was peaceful.

Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, hundreds of marchers voiced their opposition to the war by charging police barricades and beating an effigy of President George W. Bush. Some even held up pictures of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In Seoul, South Korea, scuffles broke out after police tried to push protestors out of the streets to clear traffic.