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Sydney, 20 March 2005, International Day of Action Against the War in Iraq
"Bring the troops home!"
Rally and march

Sydney's event started at 12 Noon in Hyde Park, heard from introductory speakers, then marched through the retail heart of the Central Business District via Park, George, King and Elizabeth streets to returned to Hyde Park for more speakers. Approximately 3000 people participated.

Speakers included:

• Senator Kerry Nettle (Greens)
• John Pilger (journalist, author)
• Stephen Hopper, lawyer for Mamdouh Habib, the Australian citizen arrested in Pakistan as part of the 'War on Terror' and 'rendered' to Egypt where he was tortured on behalf of the US and Australian governments, before being released when they could find nothing incriminating against him. Mr Habib also spoke briefly to thank all those who had campaigned for his release.

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John Pilger, Senator Kerry Nettle

Mamdouh Habib (centre), with his wife Maha Habib, and lawyer, Stephen Hopper.

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