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Tens of thousands of people braved bone-chilling temperature on Saturday February 15, 2003 to attend rallies held in a number of Canadian cities to show their opposition to a possible war in Iraq and the current sanctions.

Here, in Ottawa and estimated 14,400 brave people attended the rally (See Calculations below ). They gathered in Hull-Quebec at St Laurent and Maisonneuve to participate in this International Event before they start crossing the Alexandra Bridge (Inter-provisional). Images of the rally in Slide Show (JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets must be enabled in your browser) The march wound through the Byward Market, to the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive before switching to the embassy side on Mackenzie Avenue. Finally, the event reached the Parliament Hill where people continued a show of strength and solidarity.

This event organized by "Rassemblement Outaouais contre la guerre (from Gatineau) in cooperation with peace coalition of Ottawa including NOWAR-PAIX, CUPE which are, along with other organizations, members of Peace Committee on Iraq."

How was the number 14,400 calculated?

People have filled Mackenzie Avenue and its sidewalks

The length of Mackenzie is .5 km= 500 Meter
The average width of the Mackenzie Avenue is 
 more than 16 M with sidewalks.

1 Meter is about  3 feets.

the total area ocuppied by the participants is 

(500 Meters X 3 ft )  X  (16 Meter X 3 ft )  =
72, 000  ft2 (Square feet) 

The estimnated area ocuppied by each participant is 
 5 square feets.

Total particpants is=
total area divided by the area occupied by each participant
 72,000  %  5 = 14,400 participant.