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March 19: an international day of resistance to empire, R-IMC calls for your reportback

On March 19, 2003 the bombing of Baghdad commenced, with a massively destructive “shock and awe? tactic that was meant to force Iraqis into submission. Two years later, however, Iraqis are still resisting, and so are we.
Tens of thousands of protestors gathered in cities across Europe and North America to call for an end to war. While nearly 50,000 people marched in London (Bush’s biggest international supporter), thousands marched through New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Fayetteville and other US cities, calling for an end to the war. Around 300 protests across the US were planned for March 19.

In Virginia, many local actions took place in Richmond, Charlottesville, Abington, Fredericksburg, and other areas on or around the date of March 19. A statewide effort at anti-war organizing was targeted at bringing people down to Fayetteville N.C., home of Fort Bragg, one of the US’s largest military bases. The Virginia Anti-War Network endorsed the Fayetteville Protest, and coordinated about 50 people from across the state to attend.

It was a historic event for the military town. Estimates of crowd size range from 3,000 to over 5,000, making this the largest anti-war protest in Fayetteville since Jane Fonda spoke there in 1971. The protest was organized by North Carolina Peace and Justice Coalition, Bring Them Home Now!, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans for Peace, as well as a large number of other local, state, and national organizations.

Richmond Indymedia Center wants personal reports from YOU, the people in the streets, about your experience on March 19. Please feel free to post your stories, your pictures, your opinions, and your analysis of the anti-war protests, so give-em up! You are the media!

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