MADRID, Spain April 6 —
Spain's most prominent judge shed his robe for a day and joined
in a peace rally Sunday, voicing scathing criticism for the war in
Iraq and the Spanish government's support for it.
Introduced as "citizen Baltasar Garzon," the investigating
magistrate who seldom speaks in public took to the stage at a
concert and peace rally held at Madrid's Independence Plaza.
Police estimated attendance at 15,000 people. Protesters carried
banners with slogans such as "Oil kills."
Garzon is best-known abroad for his ultimately failed effort in
1999 to put former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on trial in
Spain for genocide. He has also targeted Basque separatists and
ordered the arrests of dozens of suspected members of al-Qaida.
At the rally, Garzon called the war an act of madness and
criticized the Spanish government for supporting it in defiance of
public opinion. Polls show up to 90 percent of the Spanish people
oppose the war.
|Protesters shout during speeches
at a peace concert held in a street beneath the Puerta de
Alcala monument in Madrid, Spain Sunday, April 6, 2003. The
concert was held to protest the U.S. led war on Iraq which the
Spanish government is supporting. Banners read 'Peace, we will
not shut up' and 'Illegal War, Not even general Franco Sold us
to a Mad Aggressor'. (AP Photo/Paul
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