SCHOOL children going on strike might feel like a relatively new phenomenon, but it's not.

This was the scene at Carfax in the centre of Oxford on Thursday, March 13, 2003.

Hundreds of youngsters joined hundreds more adults that day in a massive protest against the UK Government's plans to invade Iraq.

Our photographer George Reszeter followed the glacial crowd as it congregated at the crossroads then slowly wove its way down Cornmarket Street, chanting as it went.

Despite national outrage about the proposed military action, the first phase of the invasion started six days later.

Seen as art of a 'war on terror' launched after the 9/11 attacks in New York, the Iraq war eventually led to the toppling of President Saddam Hussein, who was executed on December 30, 2006.