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Stop bombing Iraq!

People took to the streets to protest at Bush and Blair's bombing of Iraq last weekend.

Issue No. 1736

Protesters disrupted a lecture by George Robertson, the general secretary of NATO, at Dundee University last Saturday. They were protesting against his warmongering in the Balkans two years ago and the bombing of Baghdad the night before. They succeeded in stopping his talk, and the protest was covered in the Scottish Post.

Robertson had already faced a similar sized protest when he visited Edinburgh University two days earlier. Protesters unfurled a six metre banner saying 'Nuclear weapons are insane-F**k Faslane'. Every speaker from the floor in Robertson's guest lecture attacked NATO.

Protesters against the US and British bombing of Iraq held a vigil outside Labour MP Anne Campbell's house in Cambridge last Sunday. The protesters included the groups Voices for Justice in Iraq, CamPeace, Cambridge Socialist Alliance and the Harambee Centre.

Anne Campbell arrived during the vigil. But when asked for her opinion on the bombing she said she hadn't yet had time to discuss the matter with the prime minster and the foreign secretary.

Over 50 people attended a forum in East Ham, east London, on Saturday to discuss the fight for Palestinian rights. Speakers ranged from the Palestinian organisation Al Awda (Right of Return) to Just Peace UK, a Lebanese socialist and the Socialist Workers Party. The discussion centred on why Israel is such a repressive state and what the possibilities are for peace in the Middle East. Many condemned the US and Britain's bombing of Baghdad.

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Sat 24 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1736
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