LOS ANGELES, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of anti-war activists marched
through Hollywood Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq war and to
call for an end to the fighting.
Groups from other rallies and marches converged on Hollywood, where a
star-studded cast addressed the crowd, which reportedly had several thousand
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis, who penned and directed
this year's Oscar best picture winner "Crash", and actor Martin Sheen were among
"We want to put an end to this insane war and to spend money where it is
needed, for example on the people hurt by hurricane Katrina," said Marcial
Guerra of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, which organized the rally.
"Fund people's needs, not the war machine. That's one of our main slogans,"
Activists marched to the rally from across Los Angeles and some traveled in
caravans from surrounding areas like Long Beach, Riverside and Ventura,
according to Guerra.
People involved in "The California March for Peace" attended the rally as a
stop on their 677-km march from Tijuana, Mexico to San Francisco.
The march aims to "ensure that the Latino voice of opposition to the war
(in Iraq) is heard loud and clear," according to organizers.
U.S. President George W. Bush earlier in the day used his weekly radio
address to urge Americans to stay the course in Iraq and resist the impulse to
Anti-war activists and many Democrats have been pushing the Bush
administration to come up with a plan to bring troops home from Iraq. More than
2,300 U.S. troops have died since the start of the war three years ago. Enditem