|Barcelona, Spain - September 11, 2015 - Getty images|
An article from today's papers about almost 1.5 million people marching in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia sent me looking around the internet for the biggest marches ever. The biggest in the US by far was against Obamacare in 2009, at between 1 and 2 million. The police didn't give an estimate for that and I got those estimates from foreign papers. After that the biggest was an anti Vietnam War march of 250,000.
The biggest were during a day of anti war marches around the world in 2003 protesting the American war against Iraq. There were marches of around 100,000 in several US cities that day, all of which were completely ignored by the subservient, nationalistic US media, the always reliable propaganda outlets for US Imperialism, but there were huge marches all over Europe including, again, 1.5 million in Barcelona, 2 million in London, and the biggest, 3 million, in Rome, with again, US citizens having no idea about any of it.
The Iraq War, by the way, along with the Afghanistan War and the three other Middle East wars the US has started since then -- Syria, Libya and Yemen -- and the explosion of terrorism those interventions have created, have caused the deaths of some two million people, or one thousand times more than were killed on 9/11.