Fri, 14 Feb 2003
Images from the peace rally

Courtesy of The Age.

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Wow, I've never seen that number of people in Melbourne

I've lived in Melbourne all my life. I attended the Swanston St. party where the city paved the street with grass. I've been to more festivals than I can remember.

I've never seen the entire length of Swanston St crammed with people like I did today. They were all there to shout emphatically "No War!".

Early coverage (no photos - I have some in my camera but they're a long way off being digital :) at the ABC, and The Age.

An incredibly diverse range of Melbournians were there - school children, their teachers, Muslims, Jews, Kurds, Greeks, Italians, Iraqis, Palestinians, quilters, ... and of course those of us with no particular group affiliation - just a common desire for peace.

It was actually quite funny to watch the organisers try to deal with us having to march down a street that was already filled with people :) They'd anticipited around a crowd of around 75,000 and ended up with easily more than double that.

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