In Pics: From New York to Japan, anti-war demonstrations take over the streets

Updated: Feb 25, 2022, 01:54 PM(IST)

Protesters turned out on public squares and outside Russian embassies in cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine -- while more than a thousand who tried to do the same in Russia were arrested.

Let's take a look:

Russia

In Russia, protesters defied an official warning that explicitly threatened criminal prosecution and even jail time for those calling for or taking part in protests.

Hundreds rallied in cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, chanting slogans such as "No to war!" and holding up makeshift signs.

By 1939 GMT, police had detained no fewer than 1,667 people in 53 cities, the OVD-Info rights monitor said. Six hundred were arrested in Moscow alone, the Tass news agency reported.

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United States, Washington

The earliest known protest occurred outside Russia's embassy in Washington around 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Thursday, only three hours after President Vladimir Putin said he had launched his military operation.

Local news reports showed dozens of protesters in the U.S. capital waving Ukrainian flags and chanting "Stop Russian aggression!"

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United States, New York

A giant flag was carried through Manhattan's Times Square by a crowd of several hundred protesters.

People also gathered at the Russian mission during a "Stand With Ukraine" rally on February 24, 2022 in New York City. Ukrainians, Ukrainian-Americans and allies gathered to show support for Ukraine and protest against the Russian invasion.

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Paris, France

Protesters wave Ukrainian flags and gather around the Monument a la Republique as they attend a demonstration called by the Union of Ukrainians in France (Union des Ukrainiens de France) and others associations on Republique square in Paris

Talking to Reuters one demonstrator said: "I feel that we are in a very dangerous moment for the whole world."

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Spain, Madrid

In Madrid, Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, nominated for another Academy Award this year, joined about a hundred protesters outside the Russian embassy.

"It is an invasion. ... It violates Ukraine's fundamental right to territorial sovereignty, international law, and many other things," Bardem said.

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United Kingdoms, London

In London, hundreds of demonstrators, many of them Ukrainian and some weeping, gathered outside Downing Street, home to the prime minister, urging Britain to do more.

"We need help, we need someone to support us," said one. "Ukraine is too small and the pressure is too big."

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Portugal

A demonstrator holds a sign depicting the Russian President as Adolf Hitler during a protest against Russia's military operation of Ukraine, in front of the Russian embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Romania

People take part in a rally for Ukraine in front of Ukraine's embassy to Romania in Bucharest.

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Israel

A demonstrator burns her Russian passport during a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in front of the Russian embassy in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel on February 24, 2022. 

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Chile

An Ukrainian woman holds posters that read "Ukraine is a beatufil country, not for war" and "Chile help Ukraine" during a protest in support of Ukraine in front of the Russian Embassy in Santiago, Chile.

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Bulgaria

Demonstrators gather in support of Ukraine in front of the Russian Embassy against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Sofia, Bulgaria on February 24, 2022.

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Lithuania

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in front of Russia's embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, on February 24, 2022.

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Hungary

People take part a demonstration against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian embassy in Budapest, Hungary, on February 24, 2022. Hungarian candidate for prime minister Peter Marky-Zay also participated in the demonstration.

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Japan

Activists hold placards as they gather near the Russian embassy to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Tokyo on February 25, 2022.

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