- MADRID (AFP) - As many as
a quarter of a million people marched through Madrid Saturday to protest
the war on Iraq, organisers said, calling for the resignation of Prime
Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who has strongly supported the US-led campaign
- Crying "No to war!" "Aznar resign!"
and "Murderers!", the demonstrators had wanted to march on the
government headquarters in the west of the city, but after authorities
refused to grant permission the march proceded through the centre of the
- Youths used offensive language as police manned barricades
to stop the demonstrators from heading towards the government building,
but no clashes were reported.
- Hundreds of thousands of people also demonstrated in
the northeastern city of Barcelona, and thousands attended rallies in Bilbao,
Santander and Seville.
- At least one Spanish anti-war protester was injured on
Thursday as several thousand people, mainly students, rallied in central
Madrid on the first day of the US-led war on Iraq.
- With the war deeply unpopular with most Spanish people,
Aznar has come under widespread fire for his support for the assault.