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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Over 2,000 San Diegans came out Saturday to protest the war and occupation of Iraq. This local action on the second anniversary of the invasion’s launch joined hundreds of others around the world.

Three regional marches preceded the 2 p.m. Balboa Park rally, which was organized by the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice. The North County Coalition for Peace and Justice started early that morning at the Oceanside transit station. The San Diego chapter of the national women’s organization Code Pink conducted a 40-mile march starting in North County from Thursday to Saturday. And the San Diego student organization Resistencia Estudiantil, or Student Resistance, marched from National City at 7 a.m., stopping at various points along the way for student participants to join.

All converged within a few minutes of each other at Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street at Balboa Park, joining the hundreds already there to greet them.

Craig Jones is a 20-year Scripps Ranch resident who is active in the community.

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