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March 20, 2004

Over Two Million People Take to the Streets Around the World in Global

Protest Marking the One-Year Anniversary of Iraq War: End the Occupation

NEW YORK, NY--On Saturday, March 20, upwards of 2 million people took to the

streets around the world to protest the one-year anniversary of the invasion

of Iraq. People in more than 60 countries throughout the world - from Japan

to South Korea to Spain to Australia to South Africa - called for an end to

the occupation, which they believe is only increasing violence and

insecurity in Iraq.

The March 20 global day of protest surpassed the expectations of its

organizers, both in terms of the number of cities and countries that

organized events and the number of people who took to the streets. Under the

banner, The World Still Says No To War, at least 300 U.S. cities and towns

held anti-war events on Saturday, as did more than 275 other cities

throughout the world..

In the United States, notable protests included a 100,000-person march and

rally in New York City, and a similar event in San Francisco attended by

more than 50,000. In Crawford, Texas, where President George Bush owns a

ranch and often vacations, 1,000 protesters converged to repudiate his

militaristic  policies and call for a diversion of the billions of dollars

that are being spent on war to domestic programs like schools, health

clinics, and unemployment benefits. Military families and veterans led a

protest that drew 1,500 to Fayetteville, North Carolina, outside the Fort

Bragg military base.

In Rome, one million people took to the streets, in the largest single

protest of the day. In Spain, demonstrations took place in more than 40

cities around the country, bringing hundreds of thousands out into the

streets for the second time since the terrorist attacks that killed more

than 200 Spaniards and injured 1500. London and Tokyo held protests drawing

tens of thousands of participants.

"The unprovoked war against Iraq was a terrible tragedy for the Iraqi

people, thousands of whom were killed during the last year, and for the

close to 600 U.S. soldiers who also lost their lives and thousands of others

who've been injured," said Leslie Cagan of United for Peace and Justice. "It

's time to hold our government accountable for the chaos it's created in

Iraq - and for the fact that the Bush administration lied about the Iraqi

threat to convince the American public of the need for war."

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), which initiated the call for a global

day of protest on March 20, is a national coalition with more than 750

groups under its umbrella. Since its founding in October 2002, UFPJ has

spurred hundreds of protests and rallies around the country, including the

two largest demonstrations against the Iraq war.

A complete list of cities that held protest events on March 20 can be found

on the United for Peace and Justice website at