Anti- war demonstrations in London and U.S. cities
Iraq-Regional, Politics, 3/21/2005
Thousands of protesters marched Saturday against the war in Iraq, two years after the US-led assault began.
According to the BBC Radio, police said about 45,000 people joined the march in London, while organizers put the figure at 100,000.
Protesters also marched in Glasgow, calling for the withdrawal of British troops, and holding vigils in Falkirk, Dumfries, Ullapool and Kirkwall.
Demonstrations are taking place in over 30 cities across the world as part of an international day of action.
Protesters placed a coffin outside the American embassy in London with the words "100,000 dead" written on it. In November last year, "The Lancet" British medical journal reported a medical study that said that"Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths."
Thousands of protesters chanted: "George Bush, Uncle Sam, Iraq will be your Vietnam."
Stop the war coalition chairman Andrew Murray told the crowd: "We have tried to deliver a letter to the American embassy. We have not been able to do that."
Meantime, The International Federation of Journalists earlier this month demanded that the United States "come clean" over its record of unexplained killings of journalists and media staff in Iraq following the tragedy surrounding the release of kidnapped Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena.
"More than a dozen media deaths at the hands of US troops await proper investigation," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "Until these cases are taken seriously there can be no justice for the victims."
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