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Attempt to ban protest outside Tony Blair’s appearance at Iraq inquiry

Issue No. 2186

The government is attempting to prevent a legitimate peaceful protest outside the QEII conference centre on 29 January when Tony Blair gives evidence to the Iraq inquiry.

Representatives from the Stop the War Coalition and CND were told today they would not be able to protest on the grass outside the centre, despite having had negotiations for days and the police initially claiming they would try and facilitate the protest.

This is a denial of democratic rights and the Stop the War Coalition will now call for the widest possible mobilisation, not just to express the majority view in this country that Tony Blair should be held to account for war crimes, but in defence of the right to protest.

Lindsey German, national convenor of Stop the War, said, 'This decision is outrageous. Why should the public be denied the right to peaceful protest, particularly when the latest evidence given to the Chilcot Committee shows unequivocally that Tony Blair knew he was taking Britain into an illegal war.'

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