Illawarra anti-war rally
WOLLONGONG On November 2, 350 people attended a rally and march to stop the war on Iraq. Speakers included South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris, Amy Parish from NoWar, Doreen Burrow from the Australian Peace Committee, Munir Hussein from the Omar mosque and Hannah Middleton from the Anti-Bases Coalition.
Mansell addresses anti-war protest
LAUNCESTON One hundred people rallied and marched on November 2 against the impending war on Iraq. Tasmanian Aboriginal community leader Michael Mansell spoke against the war and existing sanctions regime. The rally was organised by No War on Iraq, which will have its next meeting at 2pm on November 9, at Andy's cafe, 81 York Street, city. Phone Kamala on (03) 6327 1751 for more details.
UQ students oppose war
BRISBANE Sixty students rallied while hundreds looked on at the University of Queensland on October 30 against US plans to wage war on Iraq. The crowd was addressed by Resistance members Chris Kerr and Neetu Mahil as well as speakers from UQ Amnesty, the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU) and Hashim Kleibo, a Palestinian community leader.
The students applauded the NTEU UQ branch for adopting a resolution condemning the war and chanted "No racism, no war, this is what we're fighting for".
Anti-war actions in Canberra
CANBERRA An anti-war speakout was held at lunchtime on October 31 at the Australian National University. Initiated by Resistance, the speakout was supported by the ANU Muslim Association, Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organisation as well as Dr Doug Kelly, ANU branch president of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union and Peter Davidson, vice-president of the Trades and Labor Council.
Sydney's streets 'reclaimed'
SYDNEY On November 2, 800 people, mostly young, marched and danced through city streets from Belmore Park to Pitt Street as part of the Reclaim the Streets event. Many participants showed their opposition to the World Trade Organisation and the planned US war on Iraq with flags and banners.
The colourful protest included cyclists, stilt-walkers, drummers, mobile DJs and people double-dutch skipping. The march ended with the "reclaiming" of Pitt Street for more than an hour.
From Green Left Weekly, November 6, 2002.
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