God bless the Italians

Tens of thousands of anti-war protestors gathered in Rome on Saturday to protest against U.S. President George W. Bush, who was in the Italian capital on an official visit.

Organizers said some 150,000 people took part in “No Bush-No War” march but police put the number at 12,000.

The protest kicked off at 4:30 p.m. local time and wound its way from Piazza Repubblica near the Rome’s main train station to the famous square of Piazza Navona.

The march was organized by some 200 pacifist organizations ranging from trade unions and student groups to activists angry at the expansion of a U.S. military base in the northern city of Vicenza. [People’s Daily]