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37 human shields leave capital to protect Iraqi women, children

A group of 37 anti-war activists are expected to leave for Iraq today to act as “human shields” against bombs that might fall from the potential US-led attack on the country. The volunteers, representing 10 nations — France, the UK, Spain, the US, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Australia — indicated their efforts were to display solidarity with the Iraqi people. “Let the world know that we are prepared to put our lives on the line in support of the Iraqi people,” said Carl Dallas, 72, and the oldest member of the group, during a press conference Tuesday. Dallas remarked that they are the beginning of a global tide moving against war: “Everyone who stands for peace is a human shield.” “Now the Iraqis, tomorrow the rest of the world,” echoed Aissiou Asdine, a 22- year-old French volunteer. On Saturday, millions of people took to the streets of cities across the world to protest against a possible US-led war on Iraq. The popular outcry brought together a broad spectrum of voices all decrying the US-UK push for war against the sanctions-struck country. Full Story

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