TORONTO, Ont. – A number of anti-war protests were held Saturday in major cities across the globe.

Thousands of people took to the streets in London, England to call for the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan.

Canadians joined the anti-Afghan war protests in Ottawa and Vancouver. In Toronto, a protest was held at Yonge-Dundas Square in the afternoon.

Protestors chanted and cheered as they held green signs that said “Stop The War.”

The event was organized by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and lasted about two hours.

Prime minister Stephen Harper has said Canada’s extended mission will be in a non-combat role rather than a combat one, but rally organizer Sulman Abdul Hamid Kahn told 680News the distinction is a deception.

“Combat or non-combat, Canadian troops and NATO are directly participating in supporting a corrupt government, an undemocratic government, against the will of the Afghan people,” he said.

Several of the protesters handed out anti-Afghan war postcards to passerby, hoping they will send them to their Member of Parliament.