- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

From combined dispatches
CAIRO Anti-war protesters were out in force on the streets of cities across the Arab world again yesterday to vent their anger at the U.S.-led assault on Iraq as Baghdad came under further bombardment by American and British forces.
More than 20,000 people demonstrated in Egypt, where students from Cairo's Al-Azhar Islamic University burned American, British and Israeli flags and called for President Hosni Mubarak to send military support to Iraq.
"Mubarak must fight or go to the devil," the demonstrators chanted, marching in orderly fashion, many of them brandishing copies of the Koran.
Other Egyptian universities were the scenes of protests a day after the Interior Ministry indicated it would tolerate "peaceful demonstrations" because of the depth of public indignation at the war, though such protests are outlawed. About 5,000 students also marched in the northern port of Alexandria.
In Gaza City, nearly 10,000 people demonstrated, mostly students from the local Islamic University, carrying Hamas banners as a gesture of support for the main Palestinian Islamic movement and Iraqi flags. About 800 female students, veiled from head to foot, followed the main procession in silence.
In northern Lebanon, in the Palestinian refugee camps of Bared and Baddaoui, thousands of Palestinian schoolchildren demonstrated and called for a boycott of American goods. In Tyre in southern Lebanon, 10 Lebanese and Palestinian lawyers set up three tents in the town's main square and began a hunger strike in support of the Iraqi people.
About 1,000 Syrian and Palestinian students from the Faculty of Letters at Damascus University took to the streets of the Syrian capital, chanting: "We will sacrifice ourselves for you, Baghdad."
In the Bahrain capital, Manama, about 60 protesters, mostly schoolchildren, were involved in violent clashes with riot police close to the American Embassy for the second consecutive day, and the police had to resort to tear gas to break up the demonstration.
Algeria observed a minute of silence as a gesture of "solidarity with the Iraqi people" at the government's request.
In Britain, tens of thousands of anti-war protesters marched in central London, demanding "Blair Out" and "Bring Our Boys Home," to denounce Prime Minister Tony Blair's government over the Iraq conflict.
Smaller demonstrations occurred elsewhere around Britain. Several thousand gathered outside Fairford air base in western England, where American B-52 bombers have been taking off to attack Baghdad. Flowers and teddy bears were put on the gates. Two persons were arrested.
In South Korea, about 3,000 protesters, including students and religious leaders, gathered in the capital, Seoul, to protest the war and their government's decision to send up to 700 noncombat troops to assist U.S. forces.
Tens of thousands also marched in protest in New York City, and anti-war rallies were held in Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.
Marchers stretched three miles down Broadway in New York City, chanting "No blood for oil." Unofficial estimates put the crowd at 150,000 to 250,000.
The New York City march was largely peaceful, but a few protesters clashed with police when they were asked to clear the streets at the end. Police said they made 22 arrests. Eleven officers were sprayed with Mace, and seven of them were treated at hospitals, a police spokesman said
In San Francisco, streets downtown were closed for a third day as tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in front of City Hall before marching through the city in a thick stream extending for up to 10 city blocks.
In Chicago, 600 to 700 people rallied in support of the war at Federal Plaza, the site of anti-war protests each day since the war began Wednesday night Eastern time.
Waving flags and red, white and blue signs supporting President Bush, the crowd chanted "U-S-A." About 200 anti-war protesters shouted back from across the plaza. A line of police separated the two sides, and no arrests were reported.
"After all we had heard about anti-war efforts, we said our voice needs to be heard," said organizer Rosanna Pulido.
Signs read "We Gave Peace a Chance and It Cost Us 9/11" and "Anti-War is Anti-American."
About 2,000 protesters rallied outside the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. In neighboring Malaysia, about 8,000 people shouted "Destroy America" as they took part in a "peace run" in eastern Kelantan state. Officials canceled a similar event in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, fearing it could stoke emotions.
Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S. war on terrorism and a hotbed of Islamic militancy, had only scattered protests. About 500 students from Islamic schools marched through Lahore. In the restive commercial capital of Karachi, students burned U.S. flags, and lawyers called for a boycott of American products.

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