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Issue No. 1761

OVER 100 people, including former MP Tony Benn, marched in London on Sunday in protest at sanctions on Iraq. The march ended at Downing Street, where a group of protesters camped down for a 72-hour vigil and fast. The protest was organised by campaigning groups Voices in the Wilderness UK, Act Together and Women in Black.

Tony Benn said, 'The sanctions against Iraq are a war crime. We have a responsibility to win support to get them lifted.'

ANTI-INCINERATOR campaigners planned to march this Saturday in Neath, South Wales. They are protesting at a £30 million PFI project to build an incinerator on the Neath-Swansea border.

This involves a partnership between two Labour councils and Portuguese operator HLC. The campaign has already forced three Labour MPs to come out against the project. Protesters also set up a 'No Incinerator Camp' on one of the main roads in the area to build resistance to the plan.

Demonstrate, Saturday 11 August, 10.30am, Gwyn Hall, Orchard Street, Neath.

SUPPORTERS OF the Save Gorton Tub campaign reacted angrily to the decision to shut the Neptune's Kingdom swimming pool, known locally as Gorton Tub, at the end of the summer.

On 25 July the executive of Manchester City Council decided to close the popular pool, despite opposition from the local community. Campaigners are determined to fight on, and held a public meeting this week.

MIKE TAYLOR, treasurer of the Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), was dragged before a court in April for alleged offences arising from a demonstration at Heathrow airport. The protest was to stop the deportation to Iraq of Amanj Gafor, a Kurdish refugee.

Now Mike is appealing against the result of that court case. He is backed by the NUJ and TGWU unions.

Picket the court, Friday 24 August, 9am, Isleworth Crown Court, 36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, Middlesex (near Isleworth Station/Osterley tube).

Stop press: Sheriff officers in Glasgow moved in on Tuesday in an attempt to end the 135-day occupation of Govanhill pool.

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Sat 11 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1761
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