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World protests against invasion of Ukraine

Japanese and Ukrainian protesters attend a rally against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Tokyo, Japan, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

On Thursday, protesters gathered in public squares and outside Russian embassies in places ranging from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York to decry the invasion of Ukraine, while over a thousand people attempted to do the same in Russia.

The news: The first documented demonstration took place outside Russia’s embassy in Washington at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Thursday, just three hours after President Vladimir Putin announced the start of his military campaign.

People attend an anti-war protest at the Place de la Republique, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine, in Paris, France, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
  • Hundreds of protestors waved Ukrainian flags and chanted “Stop Russian aggression!” according to local news sources.
  • Hundreds of people gathered outside Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence, in London, many of them Ukrainian and some of them crying, imploring Britain to do more.
People take part in a protest after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in New York City, U.S., February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
A demonstrator displays a placard during an anti-war protest, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, February 24, 2022. The placard reads: ‘No to war in Ukraine! Return the forces home!’ REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
A man displays a poster during a protest by Ukranian people living in Switzerland, in Bern, Switzerland February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

What they’re saying: “We need help, we need someone to support us,” said one. “Ukraine is too small and the pressure is too big.”

  • “I feel that we are in a very dangerous moment for the whole world,” said a demonstrator in Paris.
  • In Madrid, Oscar winner Javier Bardem, who is up for another Oscar this year, joined a crowd of roughly a hundred demonstrators outside the Russian embassy.
  • “It is an invasion. … It violates Ukraine’s fundamental right to territorial sovereignty, international law, and many other things,” said Bardem.
  • Agapi Tamir, a 28-year-old member of Greece’s Ukrainian community who participated in an Athens protest, said: “The only thing we believe is that a miracle will stop all this awful and frightening thing that is happening at this moment.”
Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem joined a protest outside the Russian embassy in Madrid on Thursday to support the Ukrainian people and denounce Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor
Global protests were sparked on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine — while more than a thousand who tried to do the same in Russia were arrested

What’s going on: A mob of several hundred demonstrators carried a massive banner across Manhattan’s Times Square.

  • Hundreds of people gathered in Bern, Switzerland, brandishing Ukrainian flags and chanting “Peace for Ukraine!”
  • A tiny demonstration outside the U.N. European offices in Geneva, organised by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), denounced Putin’s threat to deploy nuclear weapons.
  • There were also protests in Beirut, Tel Aviv, Dublin, and Prague.
  • A Russian double-eagle crest was also vandalised with red paint beside the Russian embassy’s gate in Dublin.
  • According to social media posts, more protests were planned for later in the day in the US cities of Houston and Denver.
  • Protesters in Russia rejected an official warning that threatened criminal prosecution and even jail time for those who called for or participated in demonstrations.
  • Hundreds of people demonstrated in places including as Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg, singing anti-war slogans and holding up homemade placards.

According to the OVD-Info rights monitor, police had detained 1,667 people in 53 cities by 1939 GMT. According to the Tass news agency, 600 people were arrested in Moscow alone.

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