Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday (05.03.2022) in London, Paris, Rome, Zurich and New York to call for an end to the war in Ukraine.
“We will be here every weekend, in Paris or anywhere else, until Putin leaves, withdraws his tanks,” said Aline Le Bail-Kremer, a member of Stand With Ukraine, one of the organizations behind the rally in the French capital.
According to a police source, by this Saturday rallies in support of Ukraine had been organized in more than 100 French cities, which could bring together some 25,000 protesters in total.
Also in New York, thousands gathered in the emblematic Times Square to demand an intervention in Ukraine from the West. “NATO and the European Union should get involved” in Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, 32-year-old Tania Schneider told AFP.
Meanwhile, in London, the capital of the United Kingdom, hundreds of people demonstrated to demand an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and pray for peace, with flags and banners bearing phrases such as “Putin kills” and “Embargo to Russia”.
Similar posters could be seen in the center of Rome, the Italian capital, where several unions and NGOs organized a “demonstration for peace”.
In Zurich, the most populous city in Switzerland, about 40,000 people called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, in a demonstration called by some unions and leftist parties. The organizers expected some 20,000 people, but they estimate that there were more than 40,000, according to the ATS agency.
Since the Russian offensive in Ukraine began on February 24, anti-war demonstrations have multiplied around the world. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of people dressed in yellow and blue marched across Europe: a few thousand in Russia, at least 100,000 in Berlin, 70,000 in Prague and 40,000 in Madrid.