Swedish protests over Iraq war

Hundreds of protesters gathered in towns across Sweden on Saturday to demonstrate against the continued US presence in Iraq five years after the invasion.

Swedish protests over Iraq war

In Stockholm, around 500 people marched through the city centre in freezing rain carrying banners with messages like “Yankees Go Home” and “Five years of war, one million dead.”

“I’m here because I think it is extremely important to demonstrate against American policy in Iraq, especially now that the media is focusing less on the tragedy there,” said Leif Staalhammer, a 67-year-old actor carrying one end of a large red banner with “US out of Iraq” scrawled across it.

“The Americans have demolished that country in their hunt for oil,” he added.

Robert Lilja, 27, agreed. “The occupation is a violation of international law, and civilians in Iraq are suffering immensely,” he said, holding up an enormous “USA Murders!” banner.

Around 600 people meanwhile demonstrated in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, the TT news agency reported.