Hundreds march against warCambridge Weekly News, 5 February 2003
HUNDREDS of protesters gathered In Cambridge city centre on Saturday to march against the impending war on Iraq.
Around 600 people from various protest groups turned up to oppose the Government's intention to wage war against Saddam Hussain.
Some marchers dressed up as weapons inspectors and many more carried placards reading: "Stop the War" and "Not In My Name. Don't Attack Iraq". There was a positive atmosphere as the demonstrators moved along King's Parade, to Downing Street, St Andrew's Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street, past St John's College and back to the Market Square for a rally.
Protest groups chanted as they walked along the route, others blew whistles to voice their opposition while a few marched in silence.
Diana Minns, secretary of the Cambridge Socialist Alliance, was optimistic the demonstration would make a difference to the Government's decision. She said: "We have to be positive that we are going to make a difference. There has been a lot of response through petitions in Cambridge. The purpose of the march is to show that the people of Cambridge don't want to go to war."
- Second petition against Iraq war handed to Cambridge MPCambridge 3 February 2003: petition with over 3,200 signatures given to Anne Campbell