....LMB: "Protest Round-Up"....

January 20, 2003

On January 18, there were two massive anti-war protests scheduled to take place in San Francisco and Washington DC. While many people who lived far from those two cities made long pilgrimages, many folks simply organized at home. And not just in the U.S., but in at least 37 countries worldwide. Below is an incomplete (and questionably accurate) list of numbers of people protesting in cities around the globe (in no particular order).

Menomonie, WI- 200
San Francisco, CA- 200,000
Washington, DC- 200,000
Christchurch, New Zealand- 2000
Northwood Military base, UK- 150
Tokyo, Japan- 4000
Volkel, Netherlands- 100
Toronto, Canada- 15,000
Vancouver, Canada- 20,000
Montreal, Canada- 25,000
Saskatoon, Canada- 7000
Buenos Aires- 1000
Damascus- 20,000
Cairo, Egypt- 1000
Lahore, Pakistan- 200
Paris, France- 20,000
Marseille, France- 10,000
Hong Kong, China- 60
Halifax, Canada- 15,000
Ottawa, Canada- 3000
Honolulu, HI- 1300
Tampa, FL- 2000
Bellingham, WA- 600
Spokane, WA- 1500
Yorba Linda, CA (Nixon Library)- 800
San Luis Obispo, CA- 1200
Tucsuon, AZ- 5000
Albuquerque, NM- 1000
Reno, NV- 600
Salt Lake City, UT- 1000
Oklahoma City, OK- 800 (at Federal Building)
Houston, TX- 200
Fayetteville, AK- 500
Columbia, MO-500
St. Louis, MO- 100
Tallhassee, FL- 50
Miami, FL- 300
Charlottesville, VI- 900
Montpellier, VT- 3000
Portsmouth, NH- 150
Ann Arbor, MI- 1200
Rockford, IL- 300
Madison, WI- 800
Minoqua, WI- 50
Albany, NY- 300
Seattle, WA- 2500
Gainesville, FL- 50
Lincoln, NE- 500
Durham, NC- 1000
Wichita, KS- 70
Shannon Ireland- 1000
Rome, Italy- 4000
Firenze, Italy- 5000
Montpellier France- 2000
Nice, France- 1500
Vienna, Austria- 1000
Muenster, Germany- 500
Portland, OR- 20,000
Heidelberg, Germany- 2000
Tuebingen, Germany- 5000

Can't verify the numbers, got them off an IMC site and an International ANSWER press release, so take em with a grain of salt.


Found a much more thorough accounting of protests at the JMBzine Poliblog. By that author's account, over 600,000 people from 135 cities came out to protest the war this weekend (including the small group of scientists who protested in Antarctica. Yes, you read that right, Antarctica).

Posted by Jake at 11:30 PM

We need these worldwide protest attendance figures on a running "toteboard," so that accurate figures (and an overall figure) can be calculated.

Hey, if CNN and Fox won't do their jobs, let's fire them and do it right ourselves.

Posted by: Michael P. Scott at January 21, 2003 12:10 AM

HEY! You missed Bradford, UK out. Numbers vary according to where yyou read - and I'm crap at estimating numbers of people, but you're looking at around 3000.

Posted by: Richard at January 23, 2003 06:27 AM
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