Anti-war protests held around UN, across U.S.

from CBC.ca archives | Sat, 15 Feb 2003

NEW YORK - Hundreds of thousands of people rallied outside the United Nations headquarters Saturday, urging world governments not to attack Iraq.

They filled a 20-block stretch of First Avenue cordoned off for the demonstration, and spilled into side streets for several blocks. Organizers estimated as many as 500,000 people had joined the protest.

Police in riot gear stood watch, but no clashes were reported. Security was high because of recent alerts about possible terrorist attacks against the U.S.

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