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(en) Italy: Massive demonstration against the war in Rome

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Date Sun, 21 Mar 2004 22:00:42 +0100 (CET)

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As in countless other cities throughout the world, there was a
demonstration in Rome to mark the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
The theme of the demonstration was the immediate cessation of military
activity and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraqi soil. Around a
million people marched through the streets of Rome*, including a
healthy-sized anarchist sector with representatives from various
anarchist organizations and groups such as the FAI, FdCA, Circolo
Zapata from Pordenone, Gruppo Kronstadt from Tuscany, Gruppo Malatesta
from Rome, Gruppo Anarchico Contropotere from Naples, USI-AIT and
others. There were an abundance of red and black flags and the FAI
members present marched with a huge banner reading "Against all armies
- against all wars". Although the march should have followed a single
route, such was the enormous quantity of protestors filling the narrow
streets of Rome's city centre that the demo was more a wave rather than
an ordered march, with alternative routes being invented on the spot.
Police presence was fairly low-key, though the roads leading to
Berlusconi's Rome residence and the US embassy were protected behind an
imposing wall of riot cops. The only trouble during the day was minor -
the leader of the Left Democrats party (the largest in the centre-left
parliamentary coalition) who had not voted for the withdrawal of
Italian troops from Iraq, was challenged by a group of protestors as he
tried to join the march and after some scuffles decided not to bother.
The hypocrisy of politicians knows no bounds.

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