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hundreds of thousands protest across the u.s. & around the
Saturday, March 22:<br>
* EMERGENCY CONVERGENCE on the north side of the WHITE
HOUSE at 12 NOON<br>
* In NYC, protest at 11:30 a.m., assemble on Broadway
between 41st and 36th St.<br>
* Emergency regional protests in San Francisco (noon, Civic Center), Los
Angeles (noon, Hollywood &amp; Vine), and around the country


As the Bush administration began its attack on Iraq, using
the sons and daughters of America to kill and be killed
for his dreams of conquest, peace-loving people throughout
the United States and around the world refused to be
silenced and took to the streets in some of the largest
global protests ever seen. As anti-war demonstrators
prepare to go into the streets in vast numbers on Saturday
March 22, the protests in the first hours of the U.S. war
of aggression have already reached an unprecedented
number. From New York City to the White House in
Washington DC, San Francisco and other west coast cities,
and scores of other towns and cities throughout the
country, people resisted and protested the war today while
they made plans for mass actions on Saturday.

"What will follow will not be a repeat of any other
conflict. It will be of a force and scope and scale beyond
what has been seen before," Donald Rumsfeld threatened
today. He was met with rolling protests across the world
including mass actions in cities across the U.S. as people
responded to calls to walk out and showed today that there
would be "No Business as Usual."

Students walked out of their schools and marched with
workers leaving their jobs and others coming out of their
homes, demanding an end to this war drive. In New York
City many thousands of protestors overflowed police
attempts to barricade them at Times Square and marched
through the city in defiance of a police ban on marches.
In San Francisco thousands of people shut down the
business district and more than a thousand were arrested.
Late into the evening thousands more were occupying Lake
Shore Drive in Chicago and a huge number of people were
arrested. In Washington DC high school students walked out
of classes and marched through the city beginning at the
White House, where more protestors demonstrated outside
Lafayette Park into the evening, despite the White House's
demand that the "People's Park" be closed to protests.
Earlier in the morning protestors stopped morning traffic
on D.C.'s Key Bridge. In Philadelphia peace activists shut
down traffic on Broad Street and protested outside the
Federal Building. More than 1000 high school students
walked out of school in Minneapolis and St. Paul. There
were emergency anti-war demonstrations in cities in every
state from Lexington, KY and Knoxville, TN to Boston, from
Cleveland to Austin to Chapel Hill, NC.

There were spontaneous protests across the world as
hundreds of thousands of people converged on U.S.
Embassies in Buenos Aries, Manila, Paris, Seoul and
Brussels, and made visible the overwhelming popular
opposition to Bush's war on Iraq, including in Ankara,
Rome, Milan, Taiwan, Calgary, London, Damascus, Cairo,
Quito, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Calcutta, Glasgow, Brasilia,
Kiev and Moscow. Thousands of students marched through
Madrid; a hundred thousand people filled the streets of
Athens; and 50,000 marched under the Brandenburg Gate in

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, which organized for today's
"If War Breaks Out -- Walk Out" actions, is mobilizing to
be in the streets on Saturday, March 22 in New York City,
Washington DC, San Francisco and throughout the country.

* EMERGENCY CONVERGENCE on the north side of the WHITE
HOUSE at 12 NOON<br>
* In NYC, protest at 11:30 a.m., assemble on Broadway
between 41st and 36th St.<br>
* In San Francisco, Noon, Civic Center
* In Los Angeles, Noon, Hollywood &amp; Vine
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