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Socialist Democracy April - May 2003 | Index

GLOBAL PROTESTS AGAINST WAR ON IRAQ

 

Following the invasion of Iraq by US led forces, a wave of anti-war protests have swept across the world. A few hours after the war was launched, protesters took to the streets to condemn the action. In Barcelona, Spain, 50,000 took part in a protest, the same number that demonstrated in Melbourne, Australia. 20,000 rallied in Sydney, also in Australia. Tens of thousands demonstrated in Sweden while there were 85 demos in 36 cities in Italy.

But of even greater significance is the walkout and strikes of students against the war. In Germany, 150,000 students went on strike while there were strikes in 30 colleges in Seattle in the US itself. About 1,500 anti-war protesters were arrested across the US within 24 hours that Bush ordered the offensive. In many countries, members of the Committee for Workers’ International (CWI), the international socialist organisation to which DSM is affiliated, were at the forefront in organising the anti-war mass actions.

The global opposition to this imperialist war for oil and prestige will likely grow in the coming days and weeks especially if the war drags for long. The war will also expose to a new generation of youth and workers the greed and irrationality which drive global capitalism and convince more people of the need to fight against and change the system.

 

 

 

Socialist Democracy April - May 2003 | Index