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Protests To War Continue - 2003-03-28

Ever since the beginning of the U.S. led war in Iraq, the conflict has been eliciting a wide range of reactions all around the world. Thursday, thousands of protestors showed their opposition to the war in the United States, South Korea and the Philippines. But as Melinda Smith reports, adults are not the only ones speaking their minds.

More than 200 protesters were arrested Thursday in New York after staging what they called a "Die-In" protest.

The protesters blocked traffic for several minutes in order to demonstrate their opposition to the U.S. military action in Iraq. The police arrested those who refused to leave.

In San Francisco, a group of 45 students marched in the streets carrying pictures of Iraqi children. PROTESTER
"I think that we shouldn't have this war because Iraq is already poor in a way and like 50 percent of the people there are children, so basically more of the children are getting bombed than their parents."

Teacher Elena Aguilar says her students had been communicating with Iraqi children through e-mails and now they are concerned about their safety.

"They have complex emotions, they are confused, they are sad, they are frustrated and feel disempowered because they feel like people don't listen to children and they are worried about their friends."

Meanwhile, in Seoul, a group of protestors held a rally to protest South Korea’s support for the U.S. led war against Iraq.

And in the Philippines, business and religious leaders marched in Manila against President Gloria Arroyo's plans to send troops as peacekeepers and to provide humanitarian assistance after the end of the conflict.