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(en) Rome: Over 2 million say no to war

From nestor mcnab <nestor_mcnab@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Sun, 16 Feb 2003 14:35:44 +0100 (CET)

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Rome, Italy. After the cold, wind and rain of the previous week,
the skies were blue and the sun warm for what promised to be a
massive refusal by the people of war and the italian
government's toadying to the US. And our hopes were not

As usual, estimates of the number of participants varied widely,
from the laughable 650,000 put forward by the police, to a
somewhat overenthusiatic 3 million plus, but the most likely
figure was somewhere in the region of 2 to 2.5 million. What
matters most though is that the entire city of Rome was taken
over and brought to a halt by the people for the day.

The march was due to begin at 2pm, but the sheer volume of
participants was so great that the first sectors had to set off
at about 9.30am, and groups of demonstrators were still leaving
from the starting point at 4pm!

Following a call by a promoting group which included the
anarchist federations, a distinct block was formed on a platform
of total opposition to all wars and all racism and characterized
by anti-capitalism, anti-authoritarianism and anti-militarism.
This sector, led by the anarchist federations, numbered around
2000, possibly more, with around 200 anarchists and plenty of
red'n'black flags in evidence. Members of the Federation of
Anarchist Communists distributed copies of the international
declaration "Libertarians against all wars" [*] which was very
well received.

At one point, the anti-authoritarian sector deviated from the
main march and arrived at its separate destination with everyone
content for what was in effect a successful, visible
demonstration of self-managed, anti-capitalist forces.


see http://alternativelibertaire.org/index.php?dir=international&page=wir80.html

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