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Stop the War calls for protests

by Andrew Murray chair of the Stop the War Coalition
Issue No. 1915

The Anglo-American occupation of Iraq grows bloodier by the day. The shadow of a massacre is hanging over the city of Najaf, where thousands of Iraqis have rallied to prevent an assault by US forces.

It is now clearer than ever that the occupation—thinly disguised by the US-appointed puppet government in Baghdad—is bringing no peace and no democracy to Iraq.

Instead it is leading to continuing war as the Iraqi people refuse to accept the British and US military domination of their country.

More and more voices in Britain are demanding that the troops be brought home. This week Rose Gentle, whose solider son Gordon was killed in Iraq, has again spoken up loud and clear calling for a withdrawal of the forces, as have the families of other British soldiers.

Tony Blair continues to show contempt for these families, and the country as a whole, by reportedly inviting Iyad Allawi, the puppet Iraqi premier and former CIA agent, to address the Labour Party conference. There should be no place for this stooge at Labour’s conference.

The Stop the War Coalition has this week launched a national petition demanding the withdrawal of the troops from Iraq now—and will support protests at the Labour conference if Allawi shows up.

Everyone should back the campaign to stop the slaughter in Iraq and hold Blair to account.

Protest against the assault on Najaf, this Friday, 20 August, 5-7pm, 10 Downing Street, London. Called by Stop the War Coalition and Muslim Association of Britain. For details go to

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What We Think
Sat 21 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1915
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