- Title: JAPAN/PAKISTAN/RUSSIA: DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST POSSIBLE WAR WITH IRAQ
- Date: 18th January 2003
- Summary: (W4) TOKYO, JAPAN (JANUARY 18, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. SLV/MCU ORGANISERS DISTRIBUTING PAMPHLETS TO GATHERED AUDIENCE/CALLING OUT FOR DONATIONS/PAINTED FACES WITH ANTI-AMERICAN MAKE-UP (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. LV OF PEACE CONCERTS IN CENTRAL TOKYO PARK/PEOPLE, FAMILIES ENJOYING THE CONCERTS 0.17 3. PAN FROM ANIT-WAR POSTER TO BAND PLAYING ON STAGE 0.26 4. SLV/SV DRUMMER WITH LITTLE CHILD HELPING OUT/TODDLER DRUMMING AND DANCING (3 SHOTS) 0.45 5. SV HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS SIGNING A BANNER: "LET NOT THE MISERY REPEAT ITSELF" (2 SHOTS) 1.00 6. SLV/SV DRUMMER AND DANCERS FROM OKINAWA SENDING OFF THE PARADERS (2 SHOTS) 1.15 7. SLV PARADE HEADED BY YOUNG STUDENTS/SCHOOL GIRLS LEADING PARADE 1.23 8. SV MAN WITH A U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH MASK 1.35 9. SV MEN WITH BUSH AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER JUNICHIRO KOIZUMI MASKS 1.39 10. SLV CROWDS WITH PLACARDS 1.48 (W4) RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 18, 2003) (REUTERS) 11. SLV DEMONSTRATORS LINED ALONG RAWALPINDI HIGHWAY (2 SHOTS) 1.58 12. SV PROTESTERS CHANTING SLOGANS 2.04 13. SLV PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER SAYING "U.S. has the maximum weapons of mass destruction." 2.08 14. SV DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING SLOGANS 2.12 15. SLV/SV/CU OF SCHOOL CHILDREN HOLDING PLACARDS (5 SHOTS) 2.35 16. SLV VEILED WOMEN PROTESTERS LINED UP 2.38 17. MCU BOY HOLDING WHITE DOVE 2.43 18. SLV WOMEN CHANTING ANTI-BUSH SLOGANS 2.47 19. MCU GIRL CHANTING SLOGANS 2.52 20. SLV MEN CHANTING: "Stop American terrorism." 2.56 21. SV WOMEN RELEASING DOVES 3.01 (W4) MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JANUARY 18, 2002) (REUTERS) 22. SLV COMMUNIST PROTESTERS WITH RED FLAGS AND PLACARDS 3.08 23. CU POSTER WITH PICTURE OF U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, ROCKETS, AND SWASTIKA 3.13 24. MCU PROTESTERS 3.17 25. CU ANTI-BUSH POSTER 3.22 26. SV PROTESTERS PUTTING ON POSTER ON WALL 3.31 27. PAN OF WINDOW SHOP WITH SALES ADVERT 3.40 28. SV/SLV PROTESTERS (2 SHOTS) 3.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 2nd February 2003 12:00
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN / RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN / MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Pakistan Japan Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA33MBDMY2V5TXLK5NNQQQGEPZT
- Story Text: With the clock ticking on a possible war with Iraq,
those opposed to an attack have mobilised with a new sense of
People began gathering in Tokyo's Hibiya park early on
Saturday (January 18, 2003) for what has turned out to be Japan's
biggest anti-war event since September 11th.
A series of concerts kicked off the day in this central
city outdoor hall and has helped bring out the usually
non-political and apathetic Japanese public in droves.
While it may be hip to demonstrate in today's Tokyo, once
again the Japanese proved to break the stereotype of
conformity as nearly 5000 people took to the streets to
protest the U.S.'s possible war against Iraq each in their
From the papier-mÃ¢chÃ© effigies of U.S. President George
Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to
traditional chants last heard hundreds of years ago by local
peasants, to Buddhist prayers the parade winding through the
heart of Tokyo.
In Pakistan men and women joined hands with hundreds of
children to form a human chain against a possible attack on
Iraq by the United States.
The chain of people, standing in single file, spread
across a nearly four kilometre stretch along a main
thoroughfare in Rawalpindi, the historical city adjacent to
Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
Witnesses estimated the turn-out to number almost three
Protesters carried placards and shouted slogans against
US-led plans to attack Iraq in the show of opinion called by
the Yakjehti (Solidarity) Committee, an amalgam of local peace
activists and other unions and associations.
Emotions ran high in an otherwise peaceful assemblage,
with one man brandishing a placard that read: "War imposed on
the weak is terrorism".
"No blood for oil," read another.
In Moscow about 250 communist supporters protested outside
the United States embassy against war preparations in the
The protesters were holding red flags and placards - many
featuring U.S. President George W. Bush.
The Russian government has been a loyal supporter to the
United States' war on terror, but lately Russian polls have
increasingly shown opposition to any military action against
Iraq without a U.N. mandate.
Moscow has consistently opposed the threat of American
military action and has argued that Iraq is co-operating with
UN weapons inspectors.
Russia and Iraq have historically enjoyed strong economic
ties despite Iraq's recent announcement of the cancellation of
a major development project with Russian oil company Lukoil.
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