Socialist Worker

Glasgow anti-war march draws over 5,000

by Chris Bambery
Issue No. 2092

Over 5,000 people marched through Glasgow on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Strong trade union and student contingents were joined by asylum seekers, peace campaigners and school students. There was also a good turn out from Scotland's Muslim community.

Linda, a Glasgow school student on the march, told Socialist Worker that she had been too young to join the 100,000 strong anti-war march in the city five years ago.

But she added, 'It was important for me to be here today to show opposition to this war with no end.'

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, spoke at the demonstration, telling marchers, 'The war in Iraq was wrong, is wrong and always will be wrong.'

Adding that she was representing Scotland's government, she issued a 'clarion call' to end the war in Iraq and to bring the troops home, but also to ensure 'those responsible for the war are brought to account'.

Jackson Cullinane, the deputy regional secretary of the Unite union, spoke to the rally on behalf of the Scottish TUC.

He argued the war was a trade union issue because unions 'exist to defend snd advance the working class and the poor – and it's the working class and the poor who are bearing the brunt of this war'.

Leading a contingent from Military Families Against War, Rose Gentle said many relatives of serving British army personnel had joined their group and were getting involved in the anti-war campaign.

Keir McKechnie for Stop the War Scotland welcomed the big turnout and expressed pride that the coalition had achieved unprecedented unity between the SNP, Labour and other parties.

Regional or national trade union banners on the march included ones from Unison, the FBU, Ucatt and UCU.


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