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NUS backs Stop the War demonstration outside parliament

by Sadie Robinson

The National Union of Students (NUS) has joined calls for people to attend the Stop the War national demonstration outside parliament on 8 October.

As MPs return to the Commons after their long summer break, protestors will be demanding that all British troops are withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gemma Tumelty, president of the NUS, told Socialist Worker, “Student activism is vital to the anti-war movement, so it is important that we mobilise as many students as possible on 8 October.

“We can’t be complacent about the threat of a US-led invasion of Iran.”

Students from around the country are organising to get people to the demonstration.

Tom Skinner, the general secretary of Manchester university students’ union, said, “The anti-war movement is the most important movement of our time.

“Our student union is organising transport to the demonstration. And we’re holding a Stop the War rally next week to advertise the demonstration to students.”

At Newcastle College the students’ union banned the Territorial Army (TA) from attending their Freshers Fair after hundreds of students, staff and ex-servicemen signed a petition. A motion to ban the TA was passed almost unanimously at the students’ union executive committee.

Jamie Wyatt, one of the students who had been campaigning to stop the TA, told Socialist Worker, “This is a great result for us. The college thought we would quietly allow students to be recruited to fight in the illegal wars of terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“But this campaign has led to the formation of a new Stop the War group on campus.”

Students at the college are now building support for the 8 October demonstration.

Despite the clear failure of the occupation in Iraq, Gordon Brown refuses to bring the troops home and looks set to increase the number of British troops in Afghanistan.

Stop the War activists met in London last Saturday for a dayschool on Afghanistan. Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn warned, “The ministry of defence is now planning for a 30-year engagement in Afghanistan.”

This makes opposition to the war all the more important. The demonstration in October is a chance to clearly demand all troops are brought home now.

For details of the demonstration visit the Stop the War website, » www.stopwar.org.uk


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Tue 18 Sep 2007, 19:15 BST
Issue No. 2069
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