The World At Antiwar


New York, Sixth Avenue, 20/03/2004

Below is a list of all the cities which had antiwar demonstrations yesterday. This is the truth of the numbers involved in the global peace movement.

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES
Alabama
Auburn, Jacksonville, Mobile
Alaska
Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Petersburg
Arizona
Phoenix, Prescott, Tuscon
Arkansas
Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock
California
Albion, Alhambra, Bakersfield, Bodega, Carlsbad, Chico, Claremont, Clearlake, El Centro, Eureka, Fresno, Hemet, Idyllwild, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange, Pasadena, Riverside, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Sonora, Temecula, Ventura
Colorado
Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Longmont
Connecticut
Avon, Norwalk, Pomfret
Florida
Bradenton, Clearwater, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland/Polk County, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Vero Beach
Georgia
Athens, Atlanta, Dahlonega, Milledgeville
Hawaii
Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kapaa, Kona, Maui, Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa
Idaho
Boise, Ketchum, Moscow
Illinois
Chicago, DeKalb, Downers Grove, Galesburg, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Urbana, Wilmette
Indiana
Evansville, Fort Wayne, Paoli, South Bend, Terre Haute
Iowa
Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Waterloo
Kansas
Lawrence, Salina, Wichita
Kentucky
Berea, Lexington
Louisiana
Monroe, New Orleans
Massachusetts
Boston, Easthampton, Fall River, Natick, New Bedford, Springfield, Worcester
Maryland
Baltimore, Greenbelt
Maine
Augusta, Bangor
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Big Rapids, Flint, Grand Rapids, Ironwood, Kalamazoo, Lake Orion, Lansing, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Royal Oak, Saginaw, Traverse City
Minnesota
Brainerd, Little Falls, Mankato, Minneapolis, Northfield, Rochester, St. Joseph, St. Paul
Mississippi
Jackson, Oxford
Missouri
Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis
Montana
Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Red Lodge
Nebraska
Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha
Nevada
Las Vegas, Reno
New Hampshire
Concord, Keene, Laconia
New Jersey
Bloomfield, Cranford, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Westfield
New Mexico
Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe, Taos
New York
Albany, Binghampton, Buffalo, Chatham, Cortland, Flushing, Fredonia, Geneva, Nanuet, New York City, Potsdam, Rochester, Scarsdale, Setauket, Syracuse, Watertown, Willsboro
North Carolina
Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Shelby
North Dakota
Fargo
Ohio
Akron, Athens, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, Kent, Mansfield, Springfield, Tiffin, Toledo, Yellow Springs, Youngstown
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Oregon
Astoria, Bandon, Bend, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Florence, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Medford, Portland, Roseburg, Salem
Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr, Harrisburg, Lewisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, Wilkes Barre, York
Rhode Island
Newport, Westerly
South Carolina
Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach
South Dakota
Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish
Tennessee
Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville
Texas
Austin, Beaumont, Crawford, Dallas, Denton, Houston, Marfa, McAllen
Utah
Moab, Salt Lake City
Virginia
Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond, Williamsburg
Vermont
Burlington, Montpelier, Newport, Strafford
Washington
Aberdeen, Bellingham, Ellensburg, Lopez Island, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Townsend, Richland, Richmond, Seattle, Spokane, Stevenson, Tacoma
Wisconsin
Brookfield, Burlington, Madison, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Wauwatosa
West Virginia
Huntington, Wheeling
Wyoming
Laramie

CANADA
Annapolis Royal, Brampton, Brandon, Brantford, Burlington, Calgary, Castlegar, Charlottetown, Chicoutimi, Cobourg, Comox Valley, Courtenay, Duncan, Durham, Edmonton, Fort Qu?Appelle, Fredericton, Grand Forks, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Kingston, Lethridge, London, Medicine Hat, Midland, Mississauga, Moncton, Montreal, Nanaimo, Nelson, North Battleford, Oakville, Orangeville, Orillia, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Penticton, Peterborough, Port Hope, Prince Albert, Quebec City, Quesnel, Red Deer, Regina, Rouyn-Noranda, Sackville, St. Catherine’s, Saint-J?r?me, St. John’s, Salt Spring Island, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, Sherbrooke, Sudbury, Sydney, Thorold, Toronto, Trois-Rivi?res, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, White Rock, Whitehorse, Windsor, Winnipeg

EUROPE

Austria
Dornbirn, Vienna
Basque Country
Bilbao, Donostian, Gasteizen, Irunean (Nafarroa)
Belgium
Brussels
Czech Republic
Prague
Denmark
Copenhagen, Esbjerg
Estonia
Tallinn
Finland
Helsinki
France
Montpellier, Paris
Germany
Augsburg, Bad Hersfeld, Bamberg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Bruchsal, Castrop-Rauxel, Detmold, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Flensburg, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Gelsenkirchen, G?ttingen, Greifswald, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Herne, Karlsruhe, Kassel, K?ln, Landshut, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, L?rrach, Munich, M?nster, Neuwied, N?rnberg, Oberhausen, Ramstein, Rostock, Schleswig, Schwedt, Schwerte, Siegen, Simmern, Solingen, Stuttgart, Wilhelshaven, Wolfsburg
Greece
Athens
Hungary
Budapest
Iceland
Akureyi, Reykjavik
Ireland
Dublin, Skibbereen
Italy
Rome, Turin
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Norway
Bergen, Bodo, Kristiansand, Oslo, Stavenger, Tromso, Trondheim
Poland
Warsaw
Portugal
Cascais, Lisbon, Porto
Romania
Cluj-Napuca
Scotland
Glasgow
Serbia & Montenegro
Belgrade
Slovenia
Llubljana
Spain
Alicante, Almer?a, Asturias, Barcelona, Burgos, C?diz, Compostela, C?rdoba, Huelva, Girona, Granada, Huelva, Ja?n, Jerez de la Frontera, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Leon, Lleida, Logro?o, Madrid, Malaga, Motril, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma (Mallorca), Ponferrada, Puerto de Santa Maria, San Roque (Campo de Gibraltar), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Sevilla, Sig?enza, Soria, Tarragona, Teruel, Toledo, Torrelavega, ?beda, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Zaragoza
Sweden
Goteborg, Halmstad, Stockholm, Uppsala
United Kingdom
Aberystwyth(Wales), Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London

LATIN AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA & CENTRAL AMERICA

Anguilla
Eastsound (Orcas Island)
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Rosario
Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Goiania, Par?, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Salvador
Chile
Santiago
Columbia
Barranquilla
Costa Rica
Las Tablas Region, San Jose
Cuba
Havana
Guatemala
Santiago/Atitlan
Honduras
Tegucigalpa
Mexico
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico City, Monterrey, San Allende, San Miguel de Allende
Nicaragua
Managua
Puerto Rico
Hato Rey, San Juan
Peru
Lima
Uruguay
Montevide, Mossoro
Venezuela
Caracas

AFRICA

Egypt
Cairo
Senegal
Dakar
South Africa
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth
Sudan
Khartoum

MIDDLE EAST

Algeria
Algiers
Iraq
Baghdad
Iran
Tehran
Israel
Tel Aviv
Jordan
Amman
Morocco
Casablanca
Pakistan
Karachi, Multan, Quetta
Palestine
Gaza, Qulqiya, Ramallah
Syria
Aleppo, Damascus
Yemen
Sana

ASIA PACIFIC

Australia
Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Canberra, Foster-Tuncurry, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Victoria
Bangladesh
Dhaka
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
India
Chennai, Calcutta, Kalkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Srinagar
Indonesia
Jakarta
Japan
Amakusa, Hiroshima, Kochi-City, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Otsu, Sapporo, Tamana, Tokyo, Wakayama
Malta
Sliema
New Zealand
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North, Roturua, Wellington
Philippines
Manila, Pampang, Quezon City
South Korea
Seoul
Thailand
Bangkok
Timor-Leste
Bili
Turkey
Aliaga, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Trabzon

The British Mass Media: Accomplices To Murder


Rome, 20/03/2004

I’m not stupid. I wasn’t expecting a half-hour feature on the BBC about the global antiwar protest yesterday, even though it was the most important event of this year. I wasn’t even expecting them to question the Met Police’s traditionally mendacious protestor count.

But the level of media distortion I saw last night was staggering.

Let’s start with London. All day, as we were assembling and marching, there were news helicopters circling overhead. And yet… there were no shots of either the route or Trafalgar Square until well past 4pm. By which time a lot of us had gone home because, frankly, we were knackered as we’d been standing/marching since 11.30am.

If there had been one shot of Park Lane at around 2pm, you could easily have seen that the 25,000 claimed by the cops was total rubbish. There were at least 100,000 people demonstrating in London yesterday.

Here’s another puzzle: I’ve seen four or five different reports on the net now about the Rome protests, all of them saying at least one million Italians gathered.

Where were the TV pictures?

The only shots from Italy on the main TV news bulletins were of a tiny handful of protestors confronting the riot police. Thus, for an unquestioning audience, the Rome protest of a million never happened.

One reporter even had the gall to say ‘there were thousands protesting around the world today.’ Thousands? Hold on, even by the cops’ lying estimate, there were 25,000 in London alone. So there were tens of thousands in Britain alone.

How about saying ‘hundreds of thousands protesting around the world?’ Or how about being truthful and saying ‘millions?’

This is the way our media frames the discussion: by only portraying certain, palatable facts. It has to admit there were global protests but it does its best to pooh-pooh them by saying they were nothing like the February 15th protest. Even though on February 16th, they were denigrating that very same protest!

Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, the situation is so Orwellian.

Or how about the framing of the protests in Spain after the Madrid bombing? On British TV, they were reported solely as being ‘anti-terrorism protests.’ But now, post-election and post the Spanish demos yesterday, we know that a lot of people were also protesting against Aznar. And yet our fearless media manged to miss that at the time. Millions of Spaniards protesting against their leader and his collusion with Bush and Blair.

Of course, we all saw pictures of the hideous Madrid bombing. They were splashed over every tabloid as well. Justifiably so: the bombing was a totally evil act carried out by savages.

But when our bombs reduce an Iraqi village to bloody mush, we don’t get to see that. The pictures are deemed too horrific, are kept out of our papers and off our TV news.

Therefore, those thousands of deaths never happened. And people think the Iraq war was a largely bloodless, “surgically precise” invasion. In the US, Colin Powell doesn’t even bother to count Iraqi civilian casualties, their lives are so cheap to him.

One of the prime reasons there were “only” 100,000 protestors in London yesterday rather than the million of Rome was the magnificent job our mass media has done in serving its masters’ ideology. By their consistent biased framing, censorship and omission, they have helped to justify and then erase the murder of thousands of Iraqis.

What does it say about the media when a pop singer’s breast being exposed is more newsworthy than the death and evil being done in our name in Iraq?

No More Lies Antiwar Demo, London 20/3/2004

Today, I marched alongside millions of other people all over the world in the cause of peace and freedom. There were apparently over one million demonstrators in Rome alone! I’m most heartened that in New York, over 100,000 demonstrated – can you imagine the kind of flak these brave Americans must get from warhawks and anti-Arab racists? I just checked and the global antiwar news is amazing. I’ve archived the google I just did, you can get a flavour of what’s going on/just happened by clicking here. Look at this photo of Hungarian peace marchers in Budapest:

As for London, as always the yellow press have severely underestimated the figures, taking their cue from the Met Police’s laughable guesstimation. 25,000? Try at least tripling or quadrupling that. And here’s a clue: you can’t base your estimate on the crowd at Trafalgar Square because as many people were leaving as arriving. So we certainly did our bit and, I feel, did Britain proud in the global antiwar movement.

There was a great spirit on the march: very defiant and undaunted. The most sombre moment came at Trafalgar Square when they released thousands of balloons representing the dead of the Iraqi invasion. Seeing them float off and get battered by the heavy winds certainly touched me.

But to Blair, those deaths were just regrettable necessities. Just as to Bin Laden, the dead of the WTC are unfortunate casualties of his insane war. This is the mentality of war: hatred and dehumanisation of your “enemy”, even when that enemy is nothing more threatening than unarmed civilians. Every day in Iraq, more people die. Just today, US stormtroopers shot two journalists, killing one and injuring the other. Their crime? Being in the car next to a car that jumped a checkpoint. Oh, and looking a bit Arabian, obviously.

Still, at least the US has got the security around the oil wells established. That was the very first thing they secured. Funny that, innit? The oil can sleep safely at night in Iraq, even if Iraqis can’t.

Here’s the thing: as inspiring as all these demonstrations have been to me, I don’t want to go on any more. I don’t want to be marching in six months time because the US Empire has threatened to invade Syria/North Korea/Guernsey. I’d rather Bush and the neo-Nazi neocons got the idea from the global demos that their little plan of lebensraum wasn’t going to be tolerated. Remember, they may have the US military, but we have millions of people from every nation in the world! I’ll put it in terms even George can understand: our army is bigger than yours, mate. Take the hint…

But if the US and its lackeys persist in their power-grabbing plans, I’ll gladly sacrifice my time/money to march again. It needs to be done, we have to show Bush, Blair, Bin Laden and all the other terrorists out there that we won’t submit to their rule of fear.

We won’t back down. We’re not going away. We won’t forget their war crimes.

We’re here to stay.

Click here for pics of today’s demo!