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Support grows for Edinburgh anti-war demo

by Chris Bambery
Issue No. 2176

Defence ministers in the Nato alliance are to meet in Edinburgh on Saturday 14 November to discuss the continued occupation of Afghanistan.

The Stop the War Coalition is organising to ensure that they get a “warm welcome” to the Scottish capital.

The US and Nato occupation of Afghanistan hit further trouble last weekend when presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdrew from the second round of the country’s presidential election.

Sitting president Hamid Karzai was then declared the winner by the United Nations-run electoral commission – despite its acknowledgement of widespread electoral fraud in the first round.

“The elections are completely illegitimate,” argues Pete Cannell, secretary of Stop the War Coalition Scotland, “as is the whole occupation.

“There’s been a real swell of support in Edinburgh for the protest over the last week.

“Families of serving soldiers have been coming up to us saying they’ll be joining the march.


“Joan Humphries, whose grandson Kevin Elliott was killed while on foot patrol in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on

31 August, is coming from Dundee to join us.

“Edinburgh trades council has backed the demonstration.

“The city’s Unison union branch has informed its reps, urging them to attend.

“And the Scottish TUC will be sending a speaker.”

The demonstration is also calling for the scrapping of Trident missiles. These are based at Faslane on the Clyde.

The Scottish Afghan Society, Scottish CND and other groups back the demonstration.

Troops Out of Afghanistan Now, No to Nato, Scrap Trident demonstration, assemble 10.30am, Saturday 14 November, East Market Street, Edinburgh

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Tue 3 Nov 2009, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2176
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