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Protesters greet warmongers’ London Afghanistan conference

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2186

Protesters outside the conference (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Protesters outside the conference (Pic: Socialist Worker)

A lively anti-war protest greeted world leaders as they drove into the London conference on Afghanistan this morning.

Heads of Nato countries came to Lancaster House to thrash out their future strategy for Afghanistan.

The conference will almost certainly agree to send more troops to Afghanistan.

But these plans go against the will of the majority of people in all of the Nato countries.

CND activist Chris was on the protest. He told Socialist Worker, “Almost a decade of war has left Afghanistan in ruins. These are the people that have created chaos.”

Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai, who only held onto power after enormous election fraud, met with Gordon Brown yesterday. The two leaders cleared the way for another 15 years of occupation.

“With regard to training and equipping the Afghan security forces, five to ten years would be sufficient. With regard to sustaining them… the time period extends to ten to 15 years,” Karzai said.

The protesters saw things differently. Shamma, a student at the University of East London, said, “This has been going on for too long, the agenda for this conference is ‘how many more troops’. People in Britain are paying for this war they don’t want. The people in Afghanistan are suffering and so are we.”

It is a busy week for warmongers. Tony Blair will appear in front of the Iraq inquiry tomorrow. Protesters outside will call for him to be charged as a war criminal.

Make Friday judgment day for Blair
Protest at 8am Friday 29 January, Queen Elizabeth Conference centre, SW1P 3EE. Nearest tube Westminster.

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