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Free Joe Glenton—the soldier who refuses to fight in Afghan war

Issue No. 2179

The British army has detained Lance Corporal Joe Glenton for 28 days after a hearing on Wednesday of last week for speaking out against the war in Afghanistan.

He also has a charge of desertion against him for refusing to fight in a war he believes is wrong.

The army is trying to silence Joe, and because he refused to say he would not speak out he was detained further.

Joe is in the Glasshouse military prison in Colchester. Protesters gathered outside it last Sunday demanding that he is released.

Joe heard the protest, and it has given him renewed courage to continue his fight against the war.

His legal team are putting together a case that draws on everything from the illegality of the war, cases of extraordinary rendition and post-traumatic stress disorder, which has affected the lives of many soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

It is vital that anti-war activists let him know how much support there is for his brave stand.

Send letters to Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC), Berechurch Hall Camp, Colchester, Essex CO2 9NU

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Tue 24 Nov 2009, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2179
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