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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 16:38 GMT
Thousands march against war
Anti-war campaigners outside the City Art Gallery in Leeds
Anti-war campaigners outside the City Art Gallery in Leeds
Thousands of people are taking part in anti-war protests in two Yorkshire cities as the build-up to a possible military strike in the Gulf region intensifies.

In Leeds, campaigners against an invasion of Iraq by UK and American forces gathered outside the city Art Gallery on The Headrow.

A contingent of students had marched to the rally from the city's university campus carrying banners and shouting slogans.

Mick Dear of the Leeds Coalition Against War said: "Marches do make a difference.

"It might not make a difference to politicians, who are only bothered about their only little careers and what they want.

"But it does make a difference to the people. There are people who are marching throughout the world today."

Anti-war campaigners carry a coffin through the streets
Anti-war campaigners carry a coffin through the streets
Kate Bucknell, a Further Education lecturer from Leeds told BBC News Online: "War with Iraq will only lead to the death and destruction of the Iraqi people."

And Rosemary Ellis, from Pontefract, said: "Saddam Hussein is evil, but this is not the way to deal with him."

In York, campaigners marched through the city centre to the Minster where they gathered to listen to a series of speeches.

Tim Birtwhistle, a student at Bootham School said: "In the future we can't keep using war as an option for getting rid of people who our government do not believe in.

And he added: "Using war to justify moral issues is ridiculous."





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