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A first ever global demonstration against war

From New York to Melbourne, Protest Against war on Iraq

Confronting America's countdown to war, throngs of chanting, placard-waving demonstrators converged on New York and scores of cities across the United States, Europe and Asia yesterday in a global chain of largely peaceful protests against the Bush administration's threatened invasion of Iraq.
Three years after vast crowds came out around the world to celebrate the new millennium, millions gathered again yesterday in a darker mood of imminent conflict, forming a patchwork of demonstrations that together, organizers said, made up the largest, most diverse peace protest since the Vietnam War.
On a wintry day in New York, huge crowds, prohibited by a court order from marching, rallied within sight of the United Nations amid heavy security. They raised banners of patriotism and dissent, sounded the hymns of a broad new antiwar movement and heard speakers denounce what they called President Bush's rush to war, while offering no sympathy for Iraq's dictator, Saddam Hussein.
Unlike the stereotypically scruffy, pot-smoking, flag-burning anarchists of the Vietnam era, yesterday's protesters came from a wide socio-political range: college students, middle-aged couples, families with small children, older people who had marched for civil rights, and groups representing labour, the environment and religious, business and civic organizations.
In London, 500,000 to 750,000 people rallied in Hyde Park, while 200,000 gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and hundreds of thousands more protested in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, Rome, Melbourne, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Auckland, Seoul, Tokyo and Manila. Many contended that America's interest in Iraq had more to do with oil than with disarming a dangerous tyrant.
Protests happened in more than 350 cities around the world and for the most part the dissents were peaceful. The police in Athens fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators who threw a gasoline bomb, but no serious injuries were reported.
The demonstrations were the culmination of a global campaign that has been building for weeks in opposition to the growing threat of war, with thousands marching, rallying, signing petitions, raising money, publishing articles and using the Internet to enlist a diverse coalition of citizens and celebrities.

Text from an article by By ROBERT D. McFADDEN . New York Times 2003-02-16


a. Answer these questions according to the information given in the text
19. Why did people all over the world demonstrate on Saturday 15th February 03 ?
20. What did they do?
21. How did they do it?
22. Who were they?

b. Mark these sentences "True" or "False" Justify with words from the text
19. The demonstration was legally allowed in New York.
20. The demonstrators were against war but they didn't mention anything about Saddam
21. There were more people in this demonstration than in the Millennium celebration
22. There weren't any incidents in the demonstrations
23. The demonstration was spontaneous and unplanned


c. Lexicon
19. Find in the text the word that means: "large numbers, many "
20. Find in the text two synonyms of "big "
21. Find in the text two different ways to say: "large number of people"
22. Find a synonym for "claim"
23. Find three compound adjectives
24. Find two false friends

d. Grammar
(I) Rewrite these sentences without changing their meaning:
19. "If many people demonstrate , the possibility of war may decrease".
The more ........

(II) Put this sentence in direct speech.
20. Organizers said this protest was the largest, most diverse peace protest since the Vietnam War.

(III) Put these sentences in indirect speech:
21. "No serious incidents were reported". The journalists...................
22. The people were shouting "One, two, three for, we don't want another war", " Five, six, seven, eight, why don't you negotiate?". Demonstrators...........
23. "No more blood for dollars" (be careful, you'll have to complete the sentence first)
One placard said …………..

(IV) Complete the sentences :
23. If every citizen in the world made an effort to stop the war................................................
24. If I had known that demonstration was a historical event ......................

(V) Produce the questions to these answers:
25. Yesterday's protesters came from many different types of people
26. America's interest in Iraq had more to do with oil than with disarming a dangerous tyrant
27. Last time we demonstrated it was scores of years ago.


Choose one of these options to write a composition (80-100 words) Specify your option

A) The journalist informs of demonstrations all over the world against war in Iraq . He doesn't state his opinion. Opinions are written in editorial columns. Write an editorial essay about the demonstration.
B) What are in your opinion the peoples' chances to stop the war ?
C) What is your information about what happened in Spain?
D) Tell about the Goya prices polemic.
E) What, if anything, would justify a war?

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