Antiwar demonstrators turned out by the tens of thousands from South Korea to Chile today, chanting outside U.S. embassies, splattering paint on streets, and in one case forming a 31-mile human chain.
More than 100,000 people protested in strongly antiwar Germany, half of them at a rally in Berlin, where banners in the crowd read, "Stop America's Terror." About 30,000 people held hands along the 31 miles between the northwestern cities of Muenster and Osnabrueck -- a route used by negotiators who brought the Thirty Years War to an end in 1648.
In Stuttgart, Germany, about 6,000 protesters encircled the U.S. military's European Command, releasing blue balloons adorned with white doves as they joined hands to form a chain. Farther north, police detained 100 demonstrators taking part in a sit-down protest outside the main gate of the Rhine-Main Air Base near Frankfurt, a key transit point for U.S. military traffic to the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.
Hundreds of women, some carrying placards declaring, "The United States and Britain are the axis of evil," protested in Sanaa, Yemen. Elsewhere in the Arab world, 10,000 turned out at a rally organized by Egypt's ruling party in Port Said, and in Amman, Jordan, more than 3,000 people demanded that the kingdom's government expel U.S. troops.
At Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, demonstrators threw red paint and flares at the walls of a U.S. military base where hundreds of paratroopers now in northern Iraq had been based.
Students in South Korea's capital, Seoul, scuffled with riot police as thousands marched down half of an eight-lane boulevard.
Poland, which committed up to 200 soldiers to the war, experienced its largest demonstration yet. Two thousand mostly young people marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, banging drums and chanting, "No blood for oil."
A crowd estimated at 6,000 people demonstrated in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
More than 10,000 people marched in Paris, watched by 5,000 police. About 8,000 people marched in Dublin to criticize the Irish government's decision to let U.S. forces bound for Iraq use the country's Shannon Airport for refueling and stopovers.
In Santiago, Chile, more than 3,000 people staged a peaceful march, and in Caracas, Venezuela, about 100 people called for an end to the war.