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but, .....I repeat myself.
Suppose you were a heartless bastard, and suppose you were a Republican, but, .....I repeat myself. Mark Twain
Friday, June 04, 2004
Can we get our numbers straight?
Washington Times - 500,000 protest Bush's visit to Rome
Police deployed some 10,000 officers around Rome as an estimated 500,000 protested Bush's arrival and Italy's active support of the U.S. war in Iraq.

news24.com - 30 000 protest against Bush
Rome - More than 30 000 anti-war protesters were taking part in a demonstration in central Rome on Friday against the visit of United States President George W Bush, said reporters and photographers on the street.

CBBC - Huge protest for Bush Italy visit

Protest organisers say there were around 150,000 people but the police reckon there were more like 25,000.

Japan Today - Pope, Bush discuss Iraq as thousands protest
Not far from the Vatican walls, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate through central Rome, many with signs demanding Italy withdraw its troops from Iraq. A score of demonstrators hurling stones clashed with police during the march. Others threw firecrackers and set a trash can on fire.

Reuters - Pope Presses Bush on Iraq Amid Muted Rome Protest
The organizers of the march said 200,000 people participated. Police put the number at 25,000.

So how many people protested? 500,000 as per the Washimgton Times? 200,000 as per the organizers? 150,000 as per the organizers? more than 30,000 as per news24? 25,000 as per the local police? or tens of thousands as per the Japan Today?

so which is it?

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