There are just three weeks to go until the international day of action against the “war on terror”.
The protests are organised to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. We will demand that Gordon Brown brings all the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan – and also that he does not join any future attack on Iran.
The protests will also call for an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza.
Activists are organising a range of actions to make the demonstrations in London and Glasgow a show of strength for the anti-war movement.
Anti-war activists in Knighton in Powys, mid-Wales, are putting on transport to the national demonstration. Knighton is a market town with a population of around 3,000 people.
Anti-war campaigner Michael Green told Socialist Worker that they were very proud to have sent two coaches to the 15 February 2003 demonstration in London.
“People say we failed because we didn’t stop the war,” he said. “But without our movement we wouldn’t be in a situation where so there is so much anti-war opinion today. We gave an incredible boost to people to speak out against the war.”
Students led a funeral procession around Manchester’s university campuses last Friday in memory of all those killed during the
“war on terror”.
They carried coffins covered with flags – one for Iraq, where up to 1.2 million people are estimated to have died, and another was for Afghanistan.
An Iranian flag symbolised the carnage that would result from any attack upon that country, alongside a Palestinian flag to remember the victims of Israeli occupation.
One coffin was carried in memory of the British and American soldiers, often recruited by lies and through poverty, who have been killed in these wars.
Scottish activists organised two very successful anti-war events in Glasgow last weekend.
Over 80 students from schools and colleges across Scotland attended a Stop the War dayschool on Saturday.
Speakers included the president of Strathclyde university student union, a Scottish National Party councillor, Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition, a representative of the Scottish Afghan Society and Pete Murray from the National Union of Journalists.
On Sunday over £450 was raised at a Words Against War event with writers and poets. The lecturers’ UCU union in Scotland has backed the demonstration and voted to donate £500.