Spain: Thousands turn out for anti-war march in
Madrid EFE in Spanish 1908 GMT 29
Excerpt from report by Spanish news
Spain: Thousands turn out for anti-war march
Barcelona, 29 September: Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets
of the centre of Barcelona today under the slogan "No more victims.
For peace" to reject any possible military reprisals by the USA in
response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September. The demonstration,
which marched through the centre of Barcelona this evening in a festive
atmosphere, was organized by the "Let us halt the war" platform,
made up of 70 bodies including trade unions like CC.OO [Workers'
Commissions], the UGT [General Workers' Union] and CGT [General
Confederation of Labour] and political parties like EUiA [Alternative
United Left], ERC [Republican Left of Catalonia], IC-V [Initiative for
Catalonia-Greens] or Els Verds [Catalan Greens]. Some 4,000 people
according to the municipal police - 10,000 according to the organizers -
took part in the march, which set out from Cataluna Square at 1800 [1600
gmt], marched along Via Laietana [avenue] and arrived at 1900 [1700 gmt]
in San Jaume Square, where a manifesto in favour of peace was read.
The text, agreed by all the organizing bodies, calls for the
"non-intervention of Spain in the military response to the attacks
and non-involvement in the possible NATO reprisal actions"...
The demonstrators carried placards such as "For world peace, Spanish
neutrality" and "Bush, Aznar, terrorism is imperialism" and
chanted slogans like "Against war, no more victims",
"Neither Bush, nor Aznar nor Taliban"...
The secretary-general of the UGT in Catalonia, Jose Maria Alvarez, who
took part in the demonstration, described Jose Maria Aznar as "one of
the most belligerent elements on the planet", in connection with the
prime minister's determination to fully support a US military response...
[Description of Source: Madrid EFE in Spanish -- Spanish semi-official
independent news agency]