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Stop the War at G20: ‘The feeling here is that everyone is raring to go’

Issue No. 2142

Anti-war activists are also getting ready for the arrival of the G20 leaders in London.

The main anti-war demonstration has been called on 1 April by the Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the British Muslim Initiative and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, told Socialist Worker, “Our message will be ‘Yes We Can’. Yes we can end the siege of Gaza and free Palestine, get the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, make jobs not bombs, abolish nukes, and stop arming Israel.

“The G20 leaders will continue to wage wars and support Israel but we want a strong message against all of these things.

“There’s a link here. While people are losing their jobs the banks get endless bailouts and it seems like there is endless money for war.

“Now is the time to end war and develop economic policies that benefit ordinary people.”

Across the country peace groups are working together to mobilise for the demonstrations and for the Nato summit which follows in Strasbourg.

Jacqui Burke is a member of CND in Greater Manchester. “There are all sorts of different people coming to London for the protests,” she told Socialist Worker. “There’s a group of young Muslim women who are coming to London then going on to Strasbourg.

“We’ve been having rallies and teach-ins at the universities and also street stalls.

“We’ve also had rallies in mosques and community centres so we’re reaching lots of different people in the community.

“The feeling here is that everyone is raring to go. At every activity now people are having impromptu meetings – swapping phone numbers and details for events.

“We feel really excited about the protests.”

Stop the War activists will also be joining anti-capitalist and other protesters outside the Excel centre in east London on 2 April, where the G20 leaders will be meeting.

From here people will be boarding coaches and making the journey to Strasbourg to protest at the 60th anniversary of Nato.

The protests are a chance for the international peace movement to show its strength and demand the end of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information on the anti-war protests and anti-Nato protest in Strasbourg go to » www.stopwar.org.uk


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Tue 10 Mar 2009, 18:32 GMT
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