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Protest called at arrest of Joe Glenton, the soldier who has spoken out against Afghan war

Issue No. 2177

The Stop the War Coalition has called an emergency demonstration against the arrest of Joe Glenton from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday 12 November at Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB.

Lance Corporal Joe Glenton faces desertion charges for refusing to return to Afghanistan. He has been arrested and charged with five further offences for speaking against the war.

He is charged with leading the Stop the War demonstration in London on 24 October and speaking to the media in defiance of orders. The new charges carry a maximum of ten years imprisonment. In addition, he faces three to four years if the desertion charge is upheld.

Army commanders are clearly worried by Joe’s determination to explain his opposition to the war. Following his presence on the demonstration many of his fellow soldiers told him they agreed with what he was doing.

Send protest emails to Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth: or

Write to Secretary of State for Defence, Floor 5, Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB or fax 020 7218 6538

Download the Stop the War Defend Joe Glenton petition » /defend_joe_glenton_petition.pdf

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