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Support anti-war soldier Joe Glenton

Issue No. 2162

The court martial of Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who has refused to return to fight in the unjust war in Afghanistan, is set to begin next week. He is winning wide support for his stance.

Since he spoke out about his case in Socialist Worker two weeks ago, Joe has been interviewed by the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, ITV and BBC News, and Radio 5.

He also spoke at a Stop the War Coalition meeting in London on Thursday of last week, alongside Afghan MP Malalai Joya, where he received a standing ovation.

Joe said, “I went out to Afghanistan to do something positive but I came back disillusioned. I went Awol for two years and now have a court martial pending.

“These are dark days for me. I am afraid for my colleagues and friends out in Afghanistan. They’re being betrayed.

“I was feeling alone until the meeting,” he added. “But the response to my speech made me feel that I wasn’t alone—especially from former servicemen and Stop the War.”

The first hearing of Joe’s court martial is set to take place on Monday of next week.

Anti-war activists should urgently build support for Joe.

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2162
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