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Scots mobilise against the war

Issue No. 2033

Activists across Scotland are mobilising for an anti-war demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday 24 February. Scottish Stop the War have organised a conference for Saturday 10 February to help build the movement.

Danny Rooney, a student at Glasgow university where the conference will be held, spoke to Socialist Worker about organising Stop the War.

Danny said, “The Stop the War Coalition in Glasgow university kicked off with the election of Israeli nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu as rector of the university in 2004.

“We built a broad based campaign to get him elected, with a lot of organisations getting involved. Many of those involved in the campaign have since been drawn into the Stop the War movement.

“There have been political meetings every week organised by different groups. We are building a broad movement.”

Last summer the Stop the War Coalition in Scotland made important links with the Lebanese community.

Danny said, “We were able to build a demonstration and tap the anger against Israel’s war on Lebanon. Now we are focusing on the conference to build the demonstration on 24 February.”

The Scottish Stop the War conference includes Kate Hudson from CND, Labour MPs John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn, former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg, Mike Brider from the T&G union and Rose Gentle from Military Families Against the War.

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