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J18: Hundreds of thousands converge in Washington, DC to protest war

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Protesting for peace in Washington DC on January 18, 2003

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Washington DC on Saturday, January 18 to say no to war with Iraq. Speakers at the event evoked the memory of Martin Luther King in calling for a world without violence, and for a country that seeks to end hunger among all children rather than terrozing those whom the Bush administration opposes. Speakers also said that Bush was killing the American way of life in this war for oil. The event in DC was organized by the International ANSWER coaltion.

The signifcance of the event became immediately apparent: for perhaps the first time in history, a massive march of people against war was on the loose in the nation's capitol, controlling the streets and showing no signs of stopping.

A sea of people stretching more than one mile long and taking up four lanes of roadway marched through the nation's capitol Saturday in vocal and colorful opposition to the U.S. government's drive to war with Iraq. People had traveled to DC from many parts of the country to participate.

People of diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds braved frigid weather to peacefully rally in front of Congress and march in the streets of Washignton DC, to oppose war and to demand peace and justice. Speakers at the rally included Ramsey Clark, Jessica Lange, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and many others.

In the game of estimating crowd size numbers, police estimates, official and unoffical, ranged from 30,000 to 200,000 people participated while organizers put the number at 500,000. Many independent observers estimated about 250-300,000 people participing, which made it twice as large as the last anti-war rally in DC in October. Despite this, most media outlets again understated the amount of demonstrators.

Further coverage includes photo galleries of the demonstrations [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 ].

Read: chronology of events

[ Washington DC IMC | International ANSWER ]