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Rice urged Pakistan to cooperate fully with India's investigation.

"I have said that Pakistan needs to act with resolve and urgency, and cooperate fully and transparently," Rice said during a press conference. "I know too this is a time when cooperation of all parties who have any information is really required."

Indian anger -- at Pakistan, their own leaders, even the U.S. -- was clearly visible across the country today. There were street protests in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities, but the biggest was in Mumbai.

Several thousand protestors holding banners and waving Indian flags gathered near the Gateway of India and the ravaged Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to protest the attacks on their city.

"This is the only way we can express our feelings," said Sinjay Ghad, 45. "The politicians are sleeping."

The businessman, wearing a "We Are United" flyer attached to his shirt, shouted "Our politicians are useless" along with several hundred others in one corner of the protest.

The nearby Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where at least one terrorist held off Indian commandos through much of last weekend, is boarded up and smoke stains cover part of one side.

"We want peace in the city - not pieces of the city!" and "We would prefer a dog visit our house than a politician" were among the dozens of banners held by the protestors and peace marchers.

English teacher Suman Keluskar, 48, said the U.S. has inadvertently aided attacks on India by Pakistani militants.

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"Pakistan uses money from everyone, America included, to attack India," Keluskar said. "I do feel very hurt. I feel that America should be diligent in [protecting] the end use of that money."

A cross-section from the Mumbai community -- businessmen, young college women, elementary school-aged children -- came together for the first major protest after the attack.

"What is happening right now is not a peace rally, " said Gargy Sarkar, 19, a student in mass media at a local university. "There is a lot of shouting and a lot of anger. We can't stand what is happening."

Since the attacks here one week ago, most of the anger has been directed at the politicians for not protecting them.

The anger is justified, said Milind Deora, MP from the Congress Party who represents South Bombay. He said that the politicians did not show the leadership that was needed after the attacks, leadership that was shown after Sept. 11 by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuiliani.

Their simmering anger at Pakistan was also evident as thousands of people were chanting "Down with Pakistan!" in Hindi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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