THE demonstrations in London and Glasgow last Saturday showed more than just the size of the opposition to the war. They also showed how that opposition is benefiting from the impact of the anti-capitalist movement from Seattle to Genoa.
The marches against the war were marked by a strong current of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist feeling, as well as bitter hostility to the barbarity of Bush and Blair. Many people said they felt for the first time that you could see the spirit of Genoa on the streets of Britain. One sign of this was the presence everywhere on the London demonstration of Socialist Worker.
People of all sorts were carrying our placards, with the message 'Fight US/UK imperialism'. And no fewer than 3,000 copies of our paper were sold. The political atmosphere was also shown by the way that more than 170 people signed up to join the Socialist Workers Party.
That sort of atmosphere is not a one-day affair. It will be influencing very many people in the weeks ahead. And the influence will not only be among those who demonstrated.
It will also affect those who for one reason or another could not get to London or Glasgow. That is why we have produced the special four-page pullout in this paper, showing the size and range of support for the anti-war movement. It is up to you, our readers, to make sure the paper gets to everyone who opposes the war in every locality, workplace, college or school.