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Activists Occupy Spanish Embassy in Baghdad

Spanish anti-war activists occupied Spain’s embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, saying diplomats who left Iraq while their country supported the threat of war have abandoned hopes for peace. Stringing up white banners reading “no sanctions, no war” from the white stucco house in Baghdad’s diplomatic section, the 17 activists posed for pictures and read their manifesto to journalists from a balcony. “This is our house,” proclaimed Pedro Pablo Vicente Torres, a union leader from Malaga. “Why did they abandon the embassy if they don’t want war?” The protesters faced no resistance when they entered the building about noon. Its lone occupant, an Iraqi gardener, just smiled when asked later why he had opened the door and said a Spanish official might come from Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday to talk with the protesters. Iraqi policemen directed traffic outside but didn’t approach the embassy itself. Full Story

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