Global protests against US-led war on IraqSat Mar 22, 8:49 PM ET
LONDON (AFP) - Europe led demonstrations involving hundreds of thousands of people opposed to the US-led war against Iraq (news - web sites) and some clashed with police.
Major rallies were held in Barcelona, where more than 500,000 people took to the streets, London, Montreal, New York, Paris, Rome, Washington and other major cities in the Middle East and Asia.
In Khartoum, a Sudanese student was fatally wounded as police tried to hold back hundreds of anti-American demonstrators from the US embassy, police said.
In the Chilean capital, Santiago, a bomb exploded outside the branch of a US bank in an act believed to be a protest against the war, police said. There were also disturbances in New York and Oslo, reports said.
An anti-war protest outside the British embassy in Bahrain spilled over into clashes with police for a second day.
Two people were injured, according to witnesses, as protestors tried to break through a cordon and hurled three petrol bombs at the embassy garden.
In Barcelona, between 500,000 and 750,000 people, according to figures given by city hall and organisers, protested against the war, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, one of the strongest pro-war allies of US President George W. Bush (news - web sites).
Up to 250,000 people marched through central Madrid, according to organisers, pressing the same anti-war, anti-Aznar case.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites) has also seen a dramatic fall in his popularity because of his support for Bush, and tens of thousands took part in a march through central London.
Police said there were fewer than the huge crowds seen at the last major peace rally, when London experienced its biggest ever street protest.
One 14-year-old girl said: "Tony Blair should listen to his people rather to his best friend Bush."
In the west of England, several thousand protesters converged on the RAF Fairford air force base, used by US B-52 bombers flying to Iraq, where they laid flowers at the main gate.
More than 100,000 anti-war protesters demonstrated in Rome, Milan and other cities in Italy, where the war has also been supported by the conservative government but is opposed by the public, according to polls.
More than 150,000 people filed through the streets of Paris and other French cities, organisers said. Police said there were 90,000 in the French capital.
Some 150,000 Germans rallied across the country, police said. About 30,000 Kurds marched in Frankfurt in solidarity with kinsmen in northern Iraq and Turkey.
Around 40,000 people attended a rally in Berlin to denounce a decision by the German government to allow US aircraft to use German airspace and bases.
Dozens of young people clashed with police in Oslo during one demonstration. About 200 people threw stones, eggs and other missiles at government buildings, police said.
When masked youths threw stones near the US embassy, Norwegian riot police used tear gas to disperse militants and seven people were arrested.
In Greece, several thousand people took part in a rally which followed two straight days of demonstration which drew 150,000 and over 200,000 people.
There were up to 50,000 protesters in Vienna, according to organisers, and two government ministers joined thousands of Swedes in their calls for the protection of civilians in Iraq.
About 10,000 people gathered near the US embassy in Copenhagen. "I'm ashamed to be Danish," declared teacher Jacob Lundgaard. The country's parliament has voted to back the US stance, sending two warships to the Gulf.
In New York, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched from Broadway to Washington Square. Media reports estimated up to 100,000 people.
Several dozen people were arrested after refused to go home and clashed with police at at the end of the rally, police sources said.
In Washington, just a few thousand turned out for a rally outside the White House in Washington. The president was at his Camp David retreat for the weekend.
In Montreal, organisers said 200,000 people took part in their anti-war rally. Police refused to give a figure.
More than 20,000 people demonstrated in Egypt. In Cairo, university students burned American, British and Israeli flags and called for President Hosni Mubarak (news - web sites) to send military support to Iraq.
In Gaza City, nearly 10,000 people demonstrated, mostly students from the Islamic University, carrying Hamas banners as a gesture of support for the main Palestinian Islamic movement, and Iraqi flags.
In Jakarta, capital of the world's most populous Muslim nation, 3,000 protestors picketed in front of the US embassy before moving on to the nearby British embassy.
Peace protesters also staged rallies in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Australia, which has sent 2,000 combat troops to join the US-British force, there were demonstrations in four cities. In Perth, Western Australia, an estimated 10,000 people marched.