Anti-Iraq war protests mark 2003 invasion

17th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of people took to the streets of several Spanish cities on Saturday in protest at the war in Iraq.

17 March 2008

MADRID - Thousands of people took to the streets of several Spanish cities on Saturday in protest at the war in Iraq, marking the fifth anniversary of an invasion that was widely opposed across Spain despite support from the then government in Madrid.

Saturday's protests were small compared to previous years and paled in comparison to the 1.5 million people who marched in Madrid and Barcelona in March 2003 in protest at the then-imminent invasion. "Today there are few of us, but we're here because we won't forget," said Blanca Izquierdo, an elderly protestor who has marched on each anniversary of the invasion.

Around 3,000 people marched in Madrid, half as many as in 2007, while a further 1,500 took to the streets of Barcelona. Smaller protests took place in other Spanish cities. Many demonstrators reiterated calls for US President George Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar to be put on trial for the "illegal" war.

[Copyright El Pais / JERÓNIMO ANDREU 2008]

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