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Worldwide Anti-war Protests

Become an Activist: Peace Rallies Held Worldwide Today

On this, the Ides of March and near the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, rallies against the war are being held internationally. Today, antiwar protesters gathered in London's Trafalgar Square bolstering a worldwide day of protest against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the organizers, demonstrations are taking place from Washington to Beirut and from Sydney to Seoul.

In Rome, the US Citizens for Peace and Justice have named their demonstration today, "The Ides of March Protest: 'Et tu Congress?'" In the United States, the antiwar movement is in the midst of 10 days of civil disobedience in Washington DC, and events are scheduled today nationwide, from Santa Barbara, CA to Charleston, SC. Dozens of international events, including Madrid, Seoul, Oslo, and Reykjavik means that peace has its passport out. If you're an activist looking for an event stateside, here's a map and calendar to help you find one.

While I wholeheartedly defend the right to protest, I wonder — do you think demonstrations are an effective way to spark change? Attention-getting, to be sure, but do you think they're effective? Will you be protesting the war today?

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remedios remedios 8 years
woohoo peace.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
This country was founded on the back of a protest. I am all for thoughtfull intelligent protest which encompases the facts and delivered with a reverence to non-violence, diplomacy and an intent to enlighten the advosary not pumel them into the ground until they say uncle. This is precisley why picket sign protesters are often looked at as misfits because in a world that is saturated with a global mass media that is sustained by sensationalism they will focus on the few confrontational groups which are the ones we see on the 11:00 news and make many of us look at them as freaks and become indifferent to many issues that might otherwise be of concern to us.I have always protested via the key board but a few weeks ago I participated in my first picket sign protest. I live in Berkeley Ca. and some of you may remember a few weeks ago that the dingbats on our city council held a meeting to retract in my opinion a very ill concieved letter telling our local Marine recruiting station that they are unwellcome intruders in Berkeley. I stood on the side denouncing the letter and found my self side by side with old white Harley riding Vietnam Vets and Military Moms.I got odd looks from both sides for that decision. Although I am against the war in Iraq just like Code Pink & The City of Berkeley I strongly believed that they made a poor decision in directly attacking our troops. If you have an issue with a particular military action than you protest the policy & decision makers not the troops. Troops can be used for good or ill depending on the task master. By attacking the troops directly their actions only served to garner an indirect sympathy for the war, made our ideologic advocaries even less likely to listen to more thoughtful dissagreement to the war, and made the community of the City of Berkeley look like a bunch of leftist radical misfits.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
This country was founded on the back of a protest. I am all for thoughtfull intelligent protest which encompases the facts and delivered with a reverence to non-violence, diplomacy and an intent to enlighten the advosary not pumel them into the ground until they say uncle. This is precisley why picket sign protesters are often looked at as misfits because in a world that is saturated with a global mass media that is sustained by sensationalism they will focus on the few confrontational groups which are the ones we see on the 11:00 news and make many of us look at them as freaks and become indifferent to many issues that might otherwise be of concern to us. I have always protested via the key board but a few weeks ago I participated in my first picket sign protest. I live in Berkeley Ca. and some of you may remember a few weeks ago that the dingbats on our city council held a meeting to retract in my opinion a very ill concieved letter telling our local Marine recruiting station that they are unwellcome intruders in Berkeley. I stood on the side denouncing the letter and found my self side by side with old white Harley riding Vietnam Vets and Military Moms. I got odd looks from both sides for that decision. Although I am against the war in Iraq just like Code Pink & The City of Berkeley I strongly believed that they made a poor decision in directly attacking our troops. If you have an issue with a particular military action than you protest the policy & decision makers not the troops. Troops can be used for good or ill depending on the task master. By attacking the troops directly their actions only served to garner an indirect sympathy for the war, made our ideologic advocaries even less likely to listen to more thoughtful dissagreement to the war, and made the community of the City of Berkeley look like a bunch of leftist radical misfits.
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I think they are an effective way to make change. If not, at least to let people hear your voice, wich is very important. I didn't go because there are certain things that they say that I disagree with, but I maybe regret not going. I was very active in the anti-war protests before the war in Irak began... so bad everything turned out the way it has.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Laine, you have a lot of common misconceptions about peace activists - yes, there are some who don't support any military action. The majority, however, are pragmatists who don't support aggressive military action in favor of diplomacy, and are also turned out to rallies and the like in the case of human rights violations, primarily - hence the reason so many are turned off by the Iraq war, Israeli occupation, etc. etc. You can disagree, that's your right of course, but I encourage you to make an effort to find out what these people are advocating before you write everyone off.Obviously, most of the peace activists who are absolutely anti-military are the religious organizations, especially Catholic clergy and followers. That's been my experience, anyway.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Laine, you have a lot of common misconceptions about peace activists - yes, there are some who don't support any military action. The majority, however, are pragmatists who don't support aggressive military action in favor of diplomacy, and are also turned out to rallies and the like in the case of human rights violations, primarily - hence the reason so many are turned off by the Iraq war, Israeli occupation, etc. etc. You can disagree, that's your right of course, but I encourage you to make an effort to find out what these people are advocating before you write everyone off. Obviously, most of the peace activists who are absolutely anti-military are the religious organizations, especially Catholic clergy and followers. That's been my experience, anyway.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I think protests are an effective way to demonstrate how many people support a particular point of view. However, I don't understand all the "peace protesters" today. They don't support any military action? So do they want to *invite* more club, train, and subway bombings? Pretending that your world view is accurate (i.e., everyone is nonviolent and tolerant) does not make it true.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I think protests are an effective way to demonstrate how many people support a particular point of view. However, I don't understand all the "peace protesters" today. They don't support any military action? So do they want to *invite* more club, train, and subway bombings? Pretending that your world view is accurate (i.e., everyone is nonviolent and tolerant) does not make it true.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
I honestly believe protests are an effective form of making change. Maybe not as effective as they once were, but frankly it is a lot easier to ignore small groups of people calling their senators and petitioning than it is to ignore a group of several hundred people whose images are plastered all over the internet, television, and newspapers. I have never been to a formal protest, but I fully intend to someday very soon. But then again, my entire goal in life is to make a difference.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
I honestly believe protests are an effective form of making change. Maybe not as effective as they once were, but frankly it is a lot easier to ignore small groups of people calling their senators and petitioning than it is to ignore a group of several hundred people whose images are plastered all over the internet, television, and newspapers. I have never been to a formal protest, but I fully intend to someday very soon. But then again, my entire goal in life is to make a difference.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
It's a shame that police are not trained to handle nonviolent protests - I've witnessed and experienced police brutality during nonviolent protests (one in my neighborhood about ending gang violence, no less!), and sadly, this never makes the news - or people assume it's because protesters are breaking the law in some way. Rarely being the case, American's don't witness how our right to rally peacefully is threatened because people are afraid of the police, and rightfully so. In my personal situation, I was holding a sign at a permitted anti-Occupation rally in D.C. when I was arrested en masse with about 80 other people by D.C. riot police. I had to get stitches because the officer who arrested me knocked me in the head with his club in order to subdue me (though all 80 people had received civil disobedience training, and no one resisted arrest). I was charged with resisting arrest, inciting a riot, and assaulting an officer, but we all got off without them being pressed because CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Indymedia and BBC America news cameras had caught the action, filmed it, and one of their own journalists had been arrested while interviewing people - that led to a case against D.C. police that is still going on. But yes... this is the reason people look badly upon protesting, and the reason people are afraid to protest.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
It's a shame that police are not trained to handle nonviolent protests - I've witnessed and experienced police brutality during nonviolent protests (one in my neighborhood about ending gang violence, no less!), and sadly, this never makes the news - or people assume it's because protesters are breaking the law in some way. Rarely being the case, American's don't witness how our right to rally peacefully is threatened because people are afraid of the police, and rightfully so.In my personal situation, I was holding a sign at a permitted anti-Occupation rally in D.C. when I was arrested en masse with about 80 other people by D.C. riot police. I had to get stitches because the officer who arrested me knocked me in the head with his club in order to subdue me (though all 80 people had received civil disobedience training, and no one resisted arrest). I was charged with resisting arrest, inciting a riot, and assaulting an officer, but we all got off without them being pressed because CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Indymedia and BBC America news cameras had caught the action, filmed it, and one of their own journalists had been arrested while interviewing people - that led to a case against D.C. police that is still going on.But yes... this is the reason people look badly upon protesting, and the reason people are afraid to protest.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
minaminamina - i agree with everything you said. personally, i have never been in a protest but i have always wanted to-and i admire those people who do protest. i wanted to protest when i was college student in pittsburgh. there was an army recruiting center right by pitt's campus and a small group would gather in front every saturday morning to protest out foreign wars. one day a much larger crowd gathered and the police came and a bunch of people, including an elderly woman, gotten beaten and pepper sprayed. sigh~
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
minaminamina - i agree with everything you said. personally, i have never been in a protest but i have always wanted to-and i admire those people who do protest.i wanted to protest when i was college student in pittsburgh. there was an army recruiting center right by pitt's campus and a small group would gather in front every saturday morning to protest out foreign wars. one day a much larger crowd gathered and the police came and a bunch of people, including an elderly woman, gotten beaten and pepper sprayed.sigh~
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Protests used to be effective, in this country, but only arguably because the alternative was violence, which the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam anti-war protests had plenty of (or at the least the threat of). I won't be protesting, but it warms my heart to see people who care, even if I can disagree with some of the ideas - this is the most American thing you can do, and it would be a shame if even it's less effective nature were to clamp down on this expression. It also makes me happy to see that giant Palestinian flag in the photograph here - I knew I wasn't the only non-Palestinian American who wants to end colonialism!
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Protests used to be effective, in this country, but only arguably because the alternative was violence, which the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam anti-war protests had plenty of (or at the least the threat of). I won't be protesting, but it warms my heart to see people who care, even if I can disagree with some of the ideas - this is the most American thing you can do, and it would be a shame if even it's less effective nature were to clamp down on this expression. It also makes me happy to see that giant Palestinian flag in the photograph here - I knew I wasn't the only non-Palestinian American who wants to end colonialism!
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