The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Large demonstrations against a war in Iraq

Oct 28, 2002

On Saturday, October 26, thousands of people flooded into Washington DC to protest Bush's plans for war against Iraq. The DC police and park officials indicated that the size was over 75,000 and they usually grossly underestimate such numbers. They were joined by demonstrations in cities and towns across the country on the same day, with numbers ranging from a few dozen to a few thousands in other places.

As we have seen before, many of those who demonstrated were people who had opposed the Vietnam war. They have the reflex to demonstrate against government policies, even in times like these when it seems as though nothing is possible. But they were joined by many tens of thousands of young people. And that's important.

These demonstrations give voice to the growing sentiment against a war, and they call Bush's bluff when he pretends to speak for the American people.