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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:52 PM
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I remember A VERY DIFFERENT PROTEST where the total number of participants was also hard to pin down
February 15, 2003, little over a month before the Iraq invasion began.















Where it happened:

Alpine Countries
Benelux
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Malta
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Scandinavia
Serbia
Spain
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Scotland
Northern Ireland
Canada
United States
Mexico
Australia
New Zealand
Antarctica <--- Yes, even there.

Wikipedia:

In 2002, the United States government began to argue for the necessity of invading Iraq. This formally began with a speech by U.S President George W. Bush to the United Nations General Assembly on September 12, 2002 which argued that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein was violating U.N. resolutions, primarily on weapons of mass destruction. The proposed war was controversial with many people questioning the motives of the U.S government and its rationale.<6> One poll which covered 41 countries claimed that less than 10% would support an invasion of Iraq without UN sanction and that half would not support an invasion under any circumstances.

Anti-war groups across the world organised public protests. According to the French academic Dominique Reyni between the 3 January and 12 April 2003, 36 million people across the globe took part in almost 3,000 anti-war protests, the demonstrations on 15 February 2003 being the largest and most prolific. The invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_15,_2003_anti-war...

Compare this to the photo posted in a different thread by DUer jpljr77:



The numbers for the Teabagger protest are hard to nail down because their organizers lie like goddam rugs.

The numbers on 2/15/03 were hard to nail down because nobody ever had to count that high when estimating crowd size at a protest. There were too many of us.

So chew on that, 'Baggers. Color me un-im-fucking-pressed.
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paulsby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:54 PM
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1. to paraphrase crocodile dundee
(wow, that isn't something i say too often)

that's not a crowd!

THAT's a crowd!

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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:54 PM
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2. Why ya gotta steal Vietnam War protest pics?
:P
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:56 PM
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3. If only more people would stop and think... why the difference in M$M coverage?
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 12:56 PM by redqueen
:think:
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:57 PM
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4. Oh, those first seven photos are just a focus group
The last photo has real Americans in it!
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:02 PM
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5. And how about that little march in DC we did Sept. 24, 2005?
We estimated about 500,000 to 750,000.

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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:28 PM
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17. yep, I was there
and I remember that even DC was calling the crowd tens of thousands.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:04 PM
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6. they claim 500 showed up in chicago. it was a joke.
a little over 100, i think, if that. local freep put a video up on his blog. but strangely, there were no crowd shots.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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7. Thanks for posting those pictures.
I have been looking for the 2002-2003 pictures I saved of the war marches. No publicity then to speak of....

We could not get attention....but now the teabaggers are getting it. Go figure.
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:27 PM
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8. 'Baggers! Great name! I'm using that one permanently.
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Bleacher Creature Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:44 PM
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9. The only qualm I have with this post . . .
. . . is that you spent even a moment of your time writing it, and wasted some perfectly good bandwidth on it (although it's nice to see those pictures).

These people are way beyond the fringe and well past the lunatic deep-end. They aren't worth any of our time.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:44 PM
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10. I do too as well as the lack of coverage.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:44 PM
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11. !
Phefuckingnominal. I'm saving this for sharing and for reference. Thank you!


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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:51 PM
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12. LOL...I think there were more folks at my county fair.
Baggers are suffering from mass psychosis.
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alstephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:34 PM
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13. Thanks for posting!
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:57 PM
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14. Evening kick
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:33 PM
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15. k & R
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:26 PM
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16. K&R This is what London looked like
I was there at the time and it was phenomenal !





I just found Hissyspit's thread from 2007 that has some stats and pics too: FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY - Feb. 15, 2003 "The Largest Anti-War Rally in History"


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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:32 PM
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18. But Beckerhead State University told Glenn Beck
that they used their special tools of right wing science and counted 1.7 gajillion people at his protest. So who are you gonna believe your own lying eyes or right wing science?
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PSzymeczek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:36 PM
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20. He only listens
to the voices in his head.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:34 PM
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19. And I hope those same folks will come together again over the same issues
Maybe this time it will make a difference.
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RFKHumphreyObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:21 PM
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21. And of course we got the same amount of coverage these idiots are getting
Oh...wait a minute...we didn't
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:07 AM
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22. Greetings WilliamPitt
I was there in San Francisco in 2003. Also attended the Gulf War protest in 1991. Good times.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:47 AM
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23. K&R. //nt
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:20 PM
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24. ttt
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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:22 PM
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25. I'm out there somewhere! That was so important for my sanity.
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