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IN PICTURES: Thousands in Italy march for peace in Ukraine

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IN PICTURES: Thousands in Italy march for peace in Ukraine
People march on November 5, 2022 in Rome during a national peace demonstration by Italian civil society organisations, demanding a ban on all nuclear weapons, solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the victims of all wars. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Tens of thousands of Italians marched through Rome on Saturday calling for peace in Ukraine and urging Italy to stop sending of weapons to fight the Russian invasion.

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"No to war. No to sending weapons", read one large banner carried by protesters, as a vast crowd broke into cries of "give peace a chance".

People marching on November 5, 2022 in Rome holding a banner reading "Total disarmament and peace now". (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Nato founding member Italy has supported Ukraine from the start of the war, including providing it with arms.

A man takes part in the national peace demonstration by Italian civil society organisations working together in the Europe for Peace coalition, holding a placard reading "no more war, weapons and propaganda". (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

New far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has said that will not change and the government has said it is expecting to send more weapons soon.

But some, including former prime minister Giuseppe Conte, have said Italy should be stepping up negotiations instead.

Leader of Italian populist Five Star movement M5S (Movimento Cinque Stelle), Giuseppe Conte (C) marches on November 5, 2022 in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

The peace rally was attended by some 30,000 people, Rome police told Italian media.

"The weapons were sent at the beginning on the grounds that this would prevent an escalation," demonstrator Roberto Zanotto told AFP.

People hold banners and placards at the march on November 5, 2022 in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

"Nine months later and it seems to me that there's been an escalation. Look at the facts: sending weapons does not help stop a war, weapons help fuel a war."

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Student Sara Gianpietro said the conflict was being dragged out by arming Ukraine, which "has economic consequences for our country, but for the respect of human rights too".

The Group of Seven foreign ministers, including Italy, on Friday vowed to continue supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russia.

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Anonymous 2022/11/08 23:02
I have been a lifelong pacifist, but this is different. It is an unprovoked invasion. Unspeakable war crimes are being committed (torture, rape, bombing of civilian homes and infrastructure). Putin has made it clear that he thinks Ukrainian culture does not deserve to exist. I can’t figure out what kind of negotiation Conte thinks is possible with this war criminal. Let him keep Crimea and Donbas? So that he can fortify his troops and invade more of Ukraine in the future? If he had invaded a few Italian regions I don’t think we would letting him keep, for example, Lombardia or Veneto – or even a small one, such as Molise!

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