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Stop the War conference: Building for the protest on 20 November

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2226

Around 200 people attended the Stop the War Coalition’s annual conference on Saturday. The conference discussed the current anti-war movement and the struggles ahead.

Speakers included Mark Bergfeld from the NUS union’s national executive, Guardian columnist Seamus Milne and Kate Hudson from CND, as well as officers and activists from Stop the War.

Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton told the conference, “I feel there is momentum building and cracks at the top are starting to appear. I think the WikiLeaks from the military are fantastic.”

Joan Humphries, whose grandson Kevin Elliot was killed in Afghanistan, will lead a delegation of military families against the war to Downing Street on 19 November on the eve of the national Time to Go demonstration. The delegation will deliver a letter to David Cameron demanding the troops be brought home.

Joe said he would also be attending this to return his medals from the conflict.

Mark Bergfeld said, “Students have played a vital role and continue to do so in the anti-war movement. We have to come together to defend the Muslim community.

“That means coming to the anti-racist demonstration on 6 November, and marching against imperialism and the occupation of Afghanistan on 20 November.”

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Tue 2 Nov 2010, 18:06 GMT
Issue No. 2226
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