OF IRAQ" RALLY
[UK, London, Saturday 12th April 2003]
PART I OF
Anti-war, peace, stop the war demonstration, Iraq, Palestine, 12-4-2003
Over 250,000 people demanding an end to the
Anglo-American occupation of Iraq
"no no occupation
in the name of liberation"
Over 250,000 people took to the streets of London on Saturday
12th April to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq. Two
demonstrations starting at Victoria and Waterloo merged outside
Parliament where flowers and cards were laid and a minutes
silence was held in respect for those who have been slaughtered
in Iraq. The march, jointly organised by the Muslim
Association of Britain and Stop
the War Coalition, culminated in a rally at Hyde Park.
Many speakers addressed the rally, ranging from MPs, Union
Leaders, Muslims, Journalists, Students, a Human rights lawyer,
writers, an MP from Egypt and the renowned cricketer Imran
Khan. They all denounced the American lie of "liberation"
and demanded a swift end to occupation. We have provided most
of the speeches below (over 30 speeches in real audio format)
for you to listen to or download.
"New World Order - Obscene"
A reference to official US policy of global domination of
the planet in the 21st century. The project, developed in
Sept 2000, is called Project
for the New American Century (PNAC).
The Islamised flag of Palestine flies with the flags
of CND, Che Guevara and Cuba
- an indication of the broad spectrum of people who came together
to oppose the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
"Dont Attack Iraq" banner
covered in blood red
with missile holes,
a protest at the British
governments total disregard
for the wishes of its people
- ignoring the UKs largest ever
protest -the 2
million antiwar rally
Blair still attacked Iraq.
A World War II veteran with a message:
"Punish these war criminals - Blair and Bush
- and their collaborators"
Halpin, of the National Union of Journalists
[NUJ]. She talked about the attacks on Al-Jezeera by
the US in order to silence it:
of our members - you must make special mention of
the Arab station Al-Jezeera. Not sufficient that
their station was bombed in Kabul, not sufficient
that they were bombed in Baghdad, two further worker
at Al-Jezeera are now dead. This war is illegal.
Media installations are not military - they are
civilian. That is illegal under the Geneva Convention.
And Al-Jezeera has been hacked in to - its website
has gone off-line - it has been infiltrated, and
that too is illegal under the UN convention on freedom
for politics, and justice, and reporting..."
"BBC - Government weapon of mass
"Dont believe what you see on the telly"
Stop the occupation
Embroidery banner with the message "Not in
"Muslims Should Not
Cooperate with Foreign Rule"
Khamenei's message to Muslims
Reproduced below is the
translation from Arabic of
Imam Seyed Ali Khamenei's second khutbah (speech)
of Friday prayers given on 11 April 2003.
Peace be upon the Muslim brothers and Muslim sisters
across the world, especially the wronged and persecuted
Iraqi people. The events lived by Iraq these days are
extremely important and complicated. The fact of the matter
is that the Saddam regime has been overthrown. It was
a model of wrongdoing, cruelty and violence and, for many
years, it threw the Iraqi people into the prison of its
bloody tyranny and despotism. So its overthrow should
be a day of historical joy. Nevertheless, the terrible
disasters visited upon the people as a result of the American-British
attack and the plots being hatched by the attackers to
define the future of this people have made this proud
and noble people feel bitter and they have also saddened
all the Muslims of the world.
Hooded Iraqi prisoner of war comforting his four year
humiliation of proud men and the shameful acts committed
against them in front of their children and wife constitutes
a war crime"
Iraqi prisoners being paraded naked in
a Baghdad park
The massacres committed against an unarmed people
that has found nowhere to go to escape; the cries of bereaved
women and the injured; the cries of hungry; injured children
left without medical treatment; the demolition of people's
homes; the arrest and imprisonment of passers-by under futile
pretexts; the disparaging of the sanctity of families; the
spreading of widespread terror and fear; the humiliation
of proud men and the shameful acts committed against them
in front of their children and wife; the destruction of
the vital infrastructure of the country; the dropping of
thousands of bombs and missiles and the cannon shelling
of cities; each of those acts constitutes a war crime and
has led the invaders to commit even more crimes than those
perpetrated by Saddam over many years.
There is nothing more hurtful and more bitter for a people
than to see foreign soldiers, who are in a state of drunken
stupor because of their victory, enter their homes and lands
unimpeded, and take over the control of their destiny. The
Americans and the British claim that they have launched
this attack of theirs to remove Saddam and establish democracy
and freedom in Iraq, but they deliberately turn a blind
eye to the fact that they were the ones who had equipped
that cruel offender, Saddam. They backed him with everything
they had to pave the way for him to perpetrate his cruel
and criminal acts.
is nothing more hurtful and more bitter for a people
than to see foreign soldiers who in a state of drunken
stupor enter their homes and lands unimpeded..."
claim that they have launched this attack to remove
Saddam and establish democracy and freedom in Iraq,
but they deliberately turn a blind eye to the fact that
they were the ones who backed him with everything they
had to pave the way for him to perpetrate his criminal
They were the ones who had unleashed him to commit the
horrendous massacre of 1991. They did not reproach him
for what he did and they did not even bat an eye lid.
They were the ones who helped him use chemical weapons
against the Iranians, and worse still, against the people
of Iraq in Halabjah. They turned a blind eye to what he
did, and, during the eight-year war he imposed on the
Islamic Republic, they backed him and supplied him with
weapons and offered to help him to manage the news media.
They had turned a blind eye to all the disasters he had
been inflicting on the Iraqi people, day and night. The
American and British claim that they are giving freedom
to the Iraqi people is a travesty. As a matter of fact,
they are acting to secure control of Iraq, its oil and
the Middle East and they are trying to suppress the Palestinian
intifada. They are also trying to bury the Islamic revival.
The appointment of a foreign ruler in Iraq is a humiliation
for freedom and popular sovereignty in Iraq. They are
scheming to obliterate Iraq's Islamic identity and nationalism
and to turn it into a springboard for American domination
of all the Middle East and its valuable human and material
A US marine replaces the Iraqi flag at the
entrance to Iraq's main port of Umm Qasr
with the Stars and Stripes
and the flag of the Marine Corps.
- the occupation has begun.
are scheming to obliterate Iraq's Islamic identity and
to turn it into a springboard for American domination..."
They do not regard the Iraqi people as capable of
self-determination and of being in control of their
natural rights to their land. In their opinion, the
best Iraqi elements are those who offer the biggest
service to the foreign aggressors and who turn their
back to their own people and their own homeland. The
general feeling of the Iraqi people and all free men,
as well as the judgement of history, is that any service
offered to America that would help it achieve its
vile colonial objectives is tantamount to the betrayal
of Iraq, its people and its history.
"No Bush - No Saddam, Yes Yes for Islam"
service offered to America that would help it achieve
its vile colonial objectives is tantamount to the
betrayal of Iraq, its people and its history..."
The American and British dreams will not come true
because, there will be resistance everywhere and it
will have its own language and style in the face of
acts of aggression with their own language and behaviour.
The Iraqi people who are renowned for their zeal,
fervour and ardour, will not be an exception to this
dreams will not come true because, there will be resistance
everywhere and it will have its own language and style..."
Through their valiant resistance, the wronged Palestinian
people have deprived their Zionist enemy, who has been
shedding their blood and imposing ferocious repression
upon them, of its ability to undermine the resistance.
Similarly, the faithful and revolutionary Iranian people,
through their unity and rectitude, have been able to foil
the war of aggression imposed on them by the Saddam regime,
which was relying on the assistance of the same America
and Britain, as well as of the former Soviet Union and
the Eastern Bloc. They helped the Saddam regime with arms,
the news media and politics, but the Iranian people succeeded
in preserving their borders - the borders of their country
- and driving the enemy out of their borders.
At the hands of this criminal Saddam, the Iranian cities
had suffered, for years, from missile attacks and bombs
and their self-sacrificing, free youths were hit with
chemical bombs. But the resistance of the people explodes
the myths of dictatorship, colonialism, repression and
Iraqi Muslims in Kerbala - their message to the invaders:
"Yes Yes for Islamic Government, Down Down USA,
Bush = Saddam"
invaders have been able to subjugate the Ba'thist
regime, and this is what we had expected to happen
to a regime that was not protected by its people -
a regime that used to rely on organs and elements
of repression. However, these invaders will not be
able to subdue the Iraqi people..."
The invaders have been able to subjugate the Ba'thist
regime, and this is what we had expected to happen to
a regime that was not protected by its people - a regime
that used to rely on organs and elements of repression.
However, these invaders will not be able to subdue the
Iraqi people, and if they want to avoid a confrontation
with the Iraqi people, then they should evacuate their
armies from Iraq immediately, and completely avoid interfering
with the destiny of Iraq and its people.
Who rules Iraq is the business of the Iraqi people, and
the Iraqi resources and wealth are its property. The Iraqi
people are capable of appointing their own future government
and if the Americans mean what they said and claimed about
democracy, then they should not interfere in Iraqi affairs.
In this way, through a general referendum, the Iraqi people
themselves will be able to form their future government,
elect its officials and define the appropriate method
to reconstruct what has been destroyed by these invaders.
Iraqi people today have a serious responsibility - National
Unity and contributing to the formation of an independent
government that defends the Islamic identity of Iraq..."
The position of the Iranian government and people is
clear: We had been at loggerheads with the repressive
and criminal regime of Saddam and we have opposed the
foreign aggression against Iraq. As far as the war between
Saddam on the one hand, and America and Britain on the
other, is concerned, we believed that both sides were
wrong. We have not given any help to any of them, and
we declared our neutrality towards both of them.
However, we will not be neutral in the confrontation
between the occupiers and the Iraqi people. The occupier
is an aggressor and it should be condemned, and the people
against whom an act of aggression has been committed are
right and they have been wronged. Our political help goes
to every wronged and aggressed people, and this is the
line from which we will not deviate.
will not be neutral in the confrontation between the occupiers
and the Iraqi people..."
The Iraqi people today have a serious responsibility,
and any abandonment or fragmentation of its position would
entail a difficult future for them. National unity, presence
in the arena and contributing to the formation of an independent
government that defends the Islamic identity of Iraq,
are the most important duties of the Iraqi people, especially
that of the religious scholars, the intellectuals and
the scientific and political elite.
I pray to God to guide our Islamic Ummah to follow the
right path of honourable record and piety, to achieve
its desired objectives; Almighty God hears prayers; "Work,
God, his messenger and the faithful will see what you
do" (Quran). I ask for the forgiveness of God for
me and for you.
To above was the second shorter khutbah
, to read the more detailed first khutbah please visit
Michael Foot, helped by Carol Naughton
Foot, former leader of the Labour Party. He
talked of the importance of the campaign for nuclear disarmament
"Iraqi lives in the firing line" - F*ck Bush
A poignant message next to the statue
of Field Marshall Montgomery.
Dalyell, Father of house of commons. Although
he couldn't attend he sent a message which was read
is one place the americans are protecting in Baghdad
with sentries, not a hospital, not a university,
not the national museum with its unique treasures
from the cradle of civilisation, but the ministry
of oil! Does this fact not say a lot about the motives
for this illegal war?"
A mother with her son on her shoulders
"Stop this War - Blair Out - Victory to the resistance"
"say hay ho Tony
blair has got to go
bye bye Tony time to go"
We Will Not Forget ...
A "graveyard of the innocent"
was created on the lawn outside the
British Parliament as a testament to the guilt of this
in the slaughter of the innocent, in its blind pursual
of a war
against the Iraqi people.
A mourner in black funeral attire among
a field of hands
representing the lives of the innocent
lost in this war of aggression.
Personal belongings from real people
placed next to photos
of suffering and dead Iraqis to stress that they too
are real people,
not just numbers to be forgotten as collateral damage.
For what crime was my daughter punished?
Future aspirations lost in the slaughter
Next to the image of two dead "Liberated"
placed a few flowers and a message scribbled on a paper:
tears are for the Iraqi civilians.
War is evil..... 12.4.03 Q. London"
Shakir, Iraqi Islamic Party - youth wing
departure of Saddam is a lesson to all dictators:-
that there usefulness to those who support them
is temporary and conditional. The United States
installed Saddam, the United States helped support
him, but when he longer served their interest they
got ride of him just like they have done before
with no regards to anybody or anything else and
no regard for any human suffering..."
"Not by My hand, Not in My name"
Kurza, representative of the Kurdistan
Kurds are against this dirty war, its illegal
and it will not solve any problem. We have not
forgotten what Saddam has done in 1988 against
the Kurds, we were against Saddams regime then
and now, but America and the British government
were supporting Saddam at the time of the Iraq
The movement against the war of occupation consists
of many diverse peoples, each using whatever skills
and talent they have for the cause. Poets write
against the war, musicians compose antiwar
songs, and artists use their medium - art - to fight
Bush - terrorist
Bush and Blair - have got to go
Bush Blair you cant hide,
we charge you with genocide"
"The Proud Parents" shows
the vision of a demented new Iraq parented by Bush
and Blair. Quiet scary!
"Mad Dogs And Englishmen..."
a pun on the film title, shows Blair dropping bombs
as he is led by the tail of Bush the dog
Tamburlaine is a character from
Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play - an ambition
drunk leader of a gang of mindless brigands who
attacks cities around the middle east slaughtering
Caricature of Blair following "gorilla"
An image of a mother clutching her
three children as a bomber approaches overhead,
the message above reads "Women say no war,
invest in caring, not killing"
A London Underground Transport Cartoon
commandeered for the peace movement:
"Love is .. No War ... not putting lives at
signed The Underground Movement.
"With Flowers and Song!" greeting
the invading US army
- songs of exploding bombs delivering death and destruction,
and flowers formed of innocent dead skulls.
A canvas of meaning - lots of messages
to pick out."Super power rules without good
A canvas of meaning - the other
"One Justice For War"
"New Mad Order"
"5+ billion - We count too"
Arbuthnot, campaigning journalist (*):
weeks and two days a go I heard the story of a
17 year old in school, her name was Faria. Her
street was wiped out in the first gulf war when
she was five years old and she lost all her friends.
She said she thought of them everyday but she
learned that she had to move on, and she talked
about how she was going to go to art college and
how she was going to become an artist and she
talked of her plans and her dreams. She was asked
why are you talking to us - people from countries
who in any day might bomb you. She thought for
a couple of seconds and she said because I dont
want to die, but if I do die I want people to
know that there was an Iraqi girl who had dreams..."
(*) Felicity Arbuthnot is a freelance
journalist who has visited Iraq 26 times since the
1991 Gulf War. She worked as senior researcher on
the Pilger film "Paying the PriceKilling
the Children of Iraq", which investigated the
devastating effect of United Nations sanctions on
people of Iraq. The films title refers to
a statement by then US Secretary of State Madeline
Albright in 1996 that the deaths of over half a
million Iraqis as a result of embargo related causes
was, a hard price but the price is worth it.
The Murder Budget
Karim, British citizen but with family
in Baghdad, 11 on whom have been slaughter in the
last three weeks by the ango-american aggression:
say this war is to win hearts and mind, so far
this war has broken hearts and blown minds,
destroyed homes, and shattered families and
brought a whole nation down to its knees. How
can you justify this war?
say this war is for freedom and liberation,
and there's thousands of dead bodies - no one
can bury them because of the cluster bombs -
they are lost to be seen ... for the stray dogs
and the flies. How can you justify this war?
What can you say to the dead people? What can
you say to the mothers and fathers and the children
who have lost their loved ones, who have burned,
who have lost their limbs, who have no future?
say this war is for democracy, in reality the
have a zionist waiting to rule Iraq - how dare
say this war is not for oil but to build a future.
The first thing they protected is the oil, and
they have killed every hope for the future.
All they want is the future for Israel to get
more arms to kill more Palestinians all they
want is a future for their bank accounts to
have 220 members of my family in Baghdad, 11
of them have been slaughtered by Blair-Bush
and their bombs - 11 of them killed by cluster
bombs. Geoff Hoon justifies using cluster bombs
- I want to see that bastard in front of me
and I want him to testify in front of my family!
I want justice for my family, I want justice
for their blood..."
Just opposite the Houses of Parliament,
a vocal opponent of Bush and Blairs war
delivers his personal message to Tony Blair and George
You are not bringing shame
to the name of Jesus Christ
because you have nothing to do with him
You have your father the devil
Murders murderers Bush and Blair
Shame on you shame on you
An Iraqi mother and baby - are they worth
Tony Blair with baby Leo and Leo's mother
If this was Leo
Tony with his head blown off
how would you feel?
if this were Leo Blair
with part of his head blown off?
Who said it did not
Who said we were not responsible
Who said so?
Who said so Tony?
Who said so George?
Who said the little Arab boy called Ali does not matter
as much as a little English boy called Leo?
Who said so? Who said so?
Who said we needed to murder little Ali
to keep little Leo safe?
Who said so? Who said so? Who said so?
Liar! Liar! Liar!
Murderer! Murder! Murderer!
"No to occupation"
Simpson, labour MP - chair of labour
against the war:
you listen to Susan Karim, you know that the
war has been fought for oil but it has been
paid for in the lives of children.
war on Iraq is illegal in international law
- a court has the right to demand trials of
international war criminals, we'll have to
demand those who drop cluster bombs have to
face charges as well..."
Eichmans excuse at his trial
"I was only following orders"
What will the pilots who are guilty
of dropping cluster bombs say?
TV 'NEWS' - A daily diet of
pro war politicians, generals,
salivating 'defense' experts,
censored photographs, censored pictures.
Where is the voice of the 40% who oppose this war?
Khan, former Pakistani cricketer and
now prominent politician:
of people told me look whats the point of going
to a demonstration when the war is almost finished.
I feel it is essential that we protest now - that
in future those hawks sitting in Washington should
not be emboldened to now attack another country.
First it was Afghanistan, now its Iraq, the question
is who is next?"
encouraged and participated in looting
One of the pretexts the US uses to justify its continued
occupation of Iraq is to restore law and order. It points
to the scenes of looting, ransacking and plundering of
government buildings and casts itself in the role of the
bringer of rule of law, of order, to a lawless, uncivilised
society. Setting aside the racism in such an outlook,
and ignoring for the moment the looting of Iraqi oil by
the US military, let us examine the facts on the ground.
Initiating the looting
Swedens best selling newspaper Dagens Nyheter [Ole Rothenborg,
11 April 2003.] Interviewed Khaled Bayomi, a researcher
at the University of Lund, who travelled from Europe to
Baghdad to be a human shield and arrived on the same day
that the war began. His eye witness account of the ransacking
and looting is quiet revealing:
Khaled Bayomi looks surprised when the American officer
on TV complains that they don't have the resources to
stop the plundering in Baghdad. "I happened to
be right there just as the American troops encouraged
people to begin the plundering."
"I had gone to see some friends who live near
a dilapidated area just past Haifa Avenue on the west
bank of the Tigris. It was the 8th of April and the
fighting was so intense that I was unable to return
to the other side of the river. In the afternoon it
became perfectly quiet and four American tanks took
places on the edge of the slum area. The soldiers shot
two Sudanese guards who stood at their posts outside
a local administration building on the other side of
Haifa Avenue. Then they blasted apart the doors to the
building and from the tanks came eager calls in Arabic
encouraging people to come close to them. "
"The entire morning, everyone who had tried to
cross the road had been shot. But in the strange silence
after all the shooting, people gradually became curious.
After 45 minutes, the first Baghdad citizens dared to
come out. Arab interpreters in the tanks told the people
to go and take what they wanted in the building."
"The word spread quickly and the building was
ransacked. I was standing only 300 yards from there
when the guards were murdered. Afterwards the tank crushed
the entrance to the Justice Department, which was in
a neighboring building, and the plundering continued
"I stood in a large crowd and watched this together
with them. They did not partake in the plundering but
dared not to interfere. Many had tears of shame in their
eyes. The next morning the plundering spread to the
Modern Museum, which lies a quarter mile farther north.
There were also two crowds there, one that plundered
and one with watched with disgust."
This was not an isolated incident, but rather part of
the US policy of occupation as can be deduced from an
almost identical incident reported in another city. The
BBC reported of the ransacking of Nasiriya's Technical
Institute [ "US troops 'encouraged' Iraqi looters",
by Jonathan Duffy, BBC News, 6 May 2003] :
When the college called on the patrolling US forces
to help, not only did they refuse, some eyewitnesses
allege the troops even encouraged the looters to storm
looted college stands empty
They (US forces) arrived in five vehicles, but refused
to ward off the looters. Instead, the soldiers fired
several dozen rounds at the college's south wall, says
Dr Majeed (the institute's acting dean).
"It was a green light to the looters. It told
them 'We are not going to do anything to stop you.'"
Rasool Abdul-Husayn , an unemployed school teacher,
says he saw one American signalling the crowd to move
in, with a repeated wave of the arm. Another eyewitness,
Kareem Khattar, who works in a bread shop across the
road from the college, saw the same thing.
"I saw with my own eyes the Americans signal the
people to move in and the looters started clapping,"
says Mr Khattar.
"The Americans waved bye-bye and the looters were
clapping. They started looting quickly and when one
man came out with an air conditioner an American said
to him 'Good, very good'."
Before the war, Nasiriya's technical institute had
2,500 students and taught community health, mechanical
and electrical engineering and computing, among other
Every bit of hard work that went into building up the
college, which opened in the early 1980s, was swiftly
destroyed. About 100 air conditioning units and 100
computers were stolen. Rooms were torched; the science
laboratories wrecked; the main lecture hall looks like
a hurricane has passed through it.
In a statement to BBC News Online, Centcom, the United
States Central Command in Doha, Qatar, refused to accept
responsibility for the event.
This gold plated AK-47 is one of many
gold-plated weapons looted by the U.S. military from Iraq
and was in a shipment bound for a U.S. military base in
Fort Stewart, Georgia when it was intercepted at London's
US soldiers caught stealing £8 million
A gang of US soldiers in Baghdad were caught stealing
more than £8m from an Iraqi government safe house.
[Sky News on Yahoo April 23 2003] [Andrew Gumbel, Independent
26 April 2003].
Four GIs from the 64th Armoured Division have been charged
with taking £600,000 in bundles of $100 notes after
uncovering a vast hidden fortune.
Army investigators have now discovered three more aluminium
boxes each holding £2.6m in cash which they claim
the troops planned to smuggle back to the US, reported
the New York Post.
US forces found up to £480m in 37 steel boxes in
a walled up cottage close to the Tigris River last Friday.
Some of the money has still not been recovered. The names
of the disgraced soldiers were not released.
In a separate incident, an Army truck driver responsible
for moving some of the money to 3rd Infantry Division
headquarters in Baghdad also got sticky fingers and hid
$300,000 in a cooler. The missing money was noticed immediately,
the driver confessed and the case was solved "within
five minutes", Lt Col DeCamp told a reporter from
The Washington Post.
US mercenaries caught looting
Gangs of Chalabi's mercenary militia - the "Free
Iraqi Forces", armed and in uniform, have been caught
looting homes in Baghdad. [The Star (Canada) April 23
"Fighters of the group have been caught repeatedly
while looting homes..." said U.S. Army Staff Sgt.
Bryce Ivings. Yesterday, soldiers from A Company, 3rd
Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, detained four suspected
looters dressed in the group's desert camouflage uniforms
and carrying rocket-propelled grenades, Ivings said.
Less than an hour later, another patrol found four other
fighters - in uniform, but unarmed - carrying away china,
glassware and clothing from empty houses, said Sgt.
Jason Letterman. They were not held, but were told to
The "Free Iraqi Forces" is a mercenary militia
that is paid for, trained, uniformed and brought to Iraq
by the US military. It takes its orders from US command
and its remit is to provide help to US troops. They form
the military wing of the US proxy the "Iraqi National
Congress" led by Chalabi. Its numbers have recently
been expanded to include ex-baathists looking for a new
pay master. The US military is responsible for the actions
and crimes committed by its mercenary army.
One of the paintings to have survived
At least 15 paintings were stolen by one
American Fox News employee!
US journalists guilty of looting
Its surprising that American journalists managed to find
the time to produce the reports on Iraqis looting, as
it was revealed recently that many of them participated
in the looting! At least five members of the media have
already been caught with stolen goods when re-entering
the US [CNN, Terry Frieden April 23 2003]. Extracts from
a Reuters article by Deborah Charles [April 23 2003]:
U.S. officials say they have charged one Fox News employee
and are investigating some returning journalists after
seizing 15 paintings, gold-plated guns and other items
stolen from Iraq and smuggled into the United States.
Most of the people caught smuggling the items were
reporters returning from covering the war in Iraq But
the gold-plated weapons were believed to have been looted
by a member of the US military and were in a shipment
bound for a US military base in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
None of the items seized so far are among the priceless
antiquities and art treasures looted from the Iraqi
National Museum following the collapse of Saddam's government.
So far only one person has been charged - Benjamin
Johnson of Fox News. Inspectors at Dulles International
Airport in Virginia searched Johnson's luggage and found
12 Iraqi paintings and undeclared Iraqi bonds. Johnson
originally told US officials he had been given the paintings
but later said he had stolen several of them from Iraqi
presidential palaces and the residence of Saddam's son
Uday Hussein. He also bartered with a US soldier for
two other paintings.
Johnson gave officials information that led them to
stop Boston Herald reporter, Jules Crittenden, when
he returned to the United States at Logan International
Airport. Officials seized a painting and a wall ornament.
Officials said they had seized paintings and other
goods from several other reporters returning through
Dulles. They gave no details but said they were still
A stolen Iraqi knife.
Several members of the media and US servicemen
have been caught attempting to ship looted Iraqi paintings,
weapons and other stolen items to America.
© www.inminds.co.uk 2003
Ann Quesne (Land Mines Action), Bernard Regan (Palestinian
Solidarity), Carol Naughton (CND), Sue Doughty (MP), Glenda
Jackson (MP), Haifa Zangana (Iraqi Novelist), Jeremy Corbyn
(MP), Darren Johnson (London Asembly), Mark Seddon (Editor
Tribune), Tony Benn, Michel Massih (Barrister), Linsay German
(Stop the War Coalition), Fawzia Ibrahim (Iraqi lecturer),
George Galloway (MP), Wasan Altikriti (MAB), Louise Christian
(Human Rights Lawyer), Hamdeen Sabahy (Egyptian MP), Ghayasuddin
Siddiqui (Muslim Parliament), Bruce Kent (CND), Paul Mackney
(NATFHE), Fun-Da-Mental (Music band)
Features: Reconstruction Contracts, Bombs followed
by Bibles, Lies & Misinformation to Divide Muslims.
And more photos and sounds from the rally
Iraq Relief is a humanitarian charity raising funds to help
the innocent civilians of Iraq suffering as a result of the