Protestors in Brussels march against war in Iraq
20 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Several thousand protesters marched through the streets of Brussels on Sunday in a show of opposition against the war in Iraq.
20 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Several thousand protesters marched through the streets of Brussels on Sunday in a show of opposition against the war in Iraq.
The protest was held on the eve of Monday's third-year anniversary of the US-led invasion.
Union delegates and several politicians from the left-wing Spirit, green Groen!, Socialist SP.A and extreme-left PVDA parties took part in the march.
Protestors chanted slogans against US actions in Iraq and Israel and organisers said the demonstration had been proven that the massive peace protests three years ago had been proven right.
"The war was started under false pretences and without a mandate from the United Nations by a coalition under American-British leadership," organisers said.
"The invasion and the subsequent occupation brought chaos, violence and suffering to the Iraqi people. The land has been economically brought to earth."
The protest was organised by an anti-war platform made up of 75 organisations and occurred simultaneously with world-wide protests on Sunday.
In total, tens of thousands of people across the globe marched in protest against the war in Iraq. Protests were held in 41 countries and 170 cities.
Protests were also witnessed in the US, where thousands of people gathered on Times Square in New York. Vietnam veterans were among the protestors.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news