Was Tony Blair Listening?

Britain's Anti-War Majority Rallies in London, Gets Heard

As the day’s activities ended, and spontaneous bonfires warmed up the chilly evening, families made their way back to the parked buses, while others wandered to Piccadilly Circus for a sit-in. Alfonso Reis e Sousa, a filmmaker, reflected on the day’s events. "I’m one of those people who probably support action if there’s a second UN resolution," he said. Next to him stood Keith Morris, a retired British diplomat, who counted himself in the same camp. Observers say this constitutes the majority of British anti-war opinion and that if the country goes to war without the support of the world body, it might well bring down the Labor government.

As international TV crews jostled and clawed for Jesse Jackson’s attention, the reverend stuck to a moderate tone. "In the past," said Jesse Jackson, "the people of the East could not talk. And now, the West cannot hear. But this highway ideology of Rice and Powell and Cheney . . . I think Tony Blair should hear his own people."

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