A peace sign splashed with fake blood is carried in front of drum-beating demonstrators during an anti-war rally in central Athens yesterday. About 7,000 people from leftist organizations and unions, anti-globalization activists, student groups and refugee organizations called for an end to the US bombing of Afghanistan and for ‘open borders.’ They marched from Syntagma Square to the US Embassy, where they dispersed peacefully. A similar demonstration was held in Thessaloniki, with over 2,000 participants. Furthermore, signs coming from the USA are not positive, with a drop in consumer confidence, a drop in investments. Doubts are being voiced as to the effectiveness of an aggressive monetary policy, which jeopardizes the potential for a recovery even in the second half of 2002.