Socialist Worker

How the anti-war protest changed us all for better

Issue No. 2340

“The school student walkouts were inspiring.

I could see that protesting in solidarity with Iraq meant more to them than simply bunking off.

They learnt more about society in that one day of political action than they would ever learn at school.”

Adam Riaz Khan, school student, London

“15 February was the biggest turnout ever for a demonstration from Preston.

On the way back everyone was just so high. We knew we had been part of something historic.”

Michael Lavalette, Preston Stop the War

“The FBU was one of the first unions to affiliate to the Stop the War Coalition.

The huge opposition to war reassured many firefighters that what we were doing was right.

What was remarkable was the extent to which firefighters themselves opposed the war.

It would be wrong to suggest there was complete unity on the matter—many firefighters come from an armed forces background.

But even many of these could see through the lies and deceit.”

Paul Embury, FBU

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