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hundreds march for Peace in Boston & Cambridge, Sunday 20th (english)
21 Oct 2002
Modified: 11:45:26 AM
hundreds of Marchers rallied at BU, and marched across both BU and Longfellow Bridges on Sunday, protesting the Bush-Cheney administration policies on military action
A lively crowd of college students and concerned citizens took to the streets on Sunday 20th, carrying banners and signs, and shouting "no war! no way!" during a three-hour protest march. Gathering at Boston University's Marsh Plaza, the marchers left with police escort of a half-dozen motorcycle officers and several squad cars. Rousing chants of "No Blood for Oil," "This is what Democracy Looks Like," and "Peace! Now!" rang through the streets of Cambridgeport, with numerous observers flashing peace signs and shouting support from their cars.
The crowd of protesters, numbering more than 500, gathered before the student union building at MIT to hear Boston University Professor Emeritus, Howard Zinn, and Cambridge City Councillor Charles Taylor denounce the war.
Moving across the Longfellow Bridge, the rally peaked at nearly a thousand strong, receiving honks of support from cars, MBTA train operators, and duck boat pilots! Let's face it, everyone with a grain of common sense can see that this "war" is a blatant act of invasion for the sole purpose of siezing oil resources and adding to the filthy lucre of Cheney and his associates.
The protestors said: "Stop the Violence! Stop the Hate!" and I would add, "We've had enough of this fascist state!"
The amazement and JOY of passing motorists on Cambridge Street, when they realized that people in their city were marching against this "pre-emptive" war, was a sight to behold. The marchers paused to "BOO" Senator Kerry for his vote of support for the Bush war resolution, and also paused to cheer at Kennedy's office for voting against the war and speaking out on Sept 27th, to say the Bush had not made a clear case for war.
The rally continued to chant and dance at Fanueil hall through the afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who participated! It's time for everyone to raise their voice against the Bush-Cheney policies, until we have stopped an unnecessary war, and until we have restored our Bill of Rights! America for the People of America! Don't let our rights be crushed by a bunch of power-mad military and energy industry magnates.

Note of thanks: to the Ombudsman of the Boston Globe who has finally relented and agreed to cover the anti-war protests! See editorial from Monday 21st: http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/294/oped/The_Ombudsman+.shtml

(Please attach your photos of the rally to this article as comments.)

Peace.
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Hundreds....?????? (english)
21 Oct 2002
Hundreds.....????...It was more like LESS THAN 200.
yes, according to Globe 600 (english)
21 Oct 2002
Hi Sato,
yes, there were Hundreds. why not call the police and ask for their crowd estimate (which is where the Globe got their figure). By the way, the police traditionally are conservative in their estimates of protest numbers. And if you saw the group spanning the entire Longfellow Bridge, then you would agree that the peak size numbered very close to 1000.
Lex