Tens of thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations against the war in Iraq in cities across the United States. Rallies took place in a dozen cities, with the biggest crowds gathering in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. They were timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of a vote by the US Senate to authorize the Iraq invasion. Those taking part, who included relatives of servicemen fighting in Iraq, urged the US congress to cut off funding for the war.
The 'national day of action' was called by the United for Peace and Justice Coalition. One of the national coordinators of the protests said that the "half a trillion" dollars spent on the war was money that could have been used for education, social housing and to feed the hungry.
In New York participants gathered in Union Square, before marching on to Foley Square, which is close to many of the city's largest courthouses and government offices. An estimated 10,000 people joined a march in Chicago and in San Francisco there was an even greater turnout.
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They criticized the Bush administration for spending billions of dollars for the war in Iraq, urging the Congress to cut off funding for the war and use the money for education, social housing and feeding the hungry.
Heavy rains did not stop rallies in New York, where thousands of people expressed disgust with Bush, voiced support for Palestinians, and opposed the US naval prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Demonstrators also condemned Bush's war rhetoric against Iran.
A two-minute silence was held in commemoration of the American soldiers and the Iraqi citizens who died since the US invasion on Iraq in 2003.