In Hackney, east London, the Stop the War group staged a “die-in” last Saturday to publicise the national anti-war demonstration on 24 February. Despina Karayianni and Red Saunders, who helped organise the event, reported that it “made a great impact on passing shoppers.
“About 25 people – school students, hospital workers, church goers, political and community activists – dressed up in white masks and body suits stained red and ‘died’ in the busy shopping street. Two grim reapers, with Bush and Blair masks, looked on. The ‘dead’ then marched in single file to the town hall. Another 25 people leafletted and held placards.
“Many local people took leaflets and some signed up to join Stop the War. Everyone felt inspired by the success of the die-in and committed themselves to getting as many people as possible to the national demonstration.”