As pacifists in London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and 400 other cities marched against a war on Iraq, 1,000 protesters gathered in Central to express their opposition. The three-hour protest started with a series of colourful anti-war performances in Edinburgh Place and ended with a march to the US and British consulates. Reverend Fung Chi-wood, a spokesman for the rally, said: 'The war is more an attack rather than a defence. That's why we're here today to join the global demonstration.' Reverend Fung said the record turnout for an anti-war protest in Hong Kong suggested residents found US President George W. Bush's reasoning behind the impending conflict unconvincing and recognised that the economy worldwide, including Hong Kong, would suffer if war broke out. Jian Yi, 28, from Jiangxi province, said: 'You know you don't really see this kind of rally where I come from, so I came to Hong Kong.' Four-year-old Alix Head's message was simple but clear. '[I am] here against shooting. I like peace [and] peace means no fighting.' Former legislator Elsie Tu, 89, making a rare appearance, said she was encouraged by the active involvement of Hong Kong people. 'I think it is absolutely wonderful to see so many people, especially young people, who are so interested in fighting against the looming war in Iraq,' she said. A further 800 people joined a three-hour Commercial Radio concert in Tsim Sha Tsui as part of a 36-hour campaign to promote peace.