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Peace Activists Protest First Anniversary in Iraq

Date Posted: 2004-03-25

Demonstrators in Okinawa joined protesters around the world in marking the first anniversary of the American led war in Iraq.

The March 19th event locally was spearheaded by the Peace Campaign Citizens Committee, which staged a rally in front of the American Consulate in Nishihard. Protesters gathered, held candles, and waved banners saying “Never Forgive the Iraq Aggressions and Occupation”

Another peace group held a silent protest in a YuiRail monorail train. They showed pictures to passengers who sat quietly in their seats as pictures, posters and banner of Iraq people it hospitals were put in front of them.

There were demonstrations in 47 countries protesting the anniversary, some calling for strong action to end the American military action. In Naha City, a group of young citizens held a concert promoting peace. Most of the students were university students, and some of the girls were wearing Iraqi women’s costumes and boys wearing Iraqi mens’ clothes.

One student, Ihoka Morioka, 21, said, “We wanted to protest in a different way, not always screaming, but like today in a silent protest.”

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