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Protests show instant response to the attack

Issue No. 1927

PROTESTS TOOK place across Britain on Monday of this week within hours of the start of the US assault on Fallujah. Stop the War Coalition activists report:


Francesca Friar from the national Stop the War Coalition office says, “We organised a protest outside Downing Street. Around 300 people came. It was a loud and angry protest.

“Lindsey German, the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, and Kate Hudson from CND both spoke.”


Esme Choonara says, “There were over 100 people on both the protests in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“Rose and Maxine Gentle attended the protest in Glasgow, as did Tommy Sheridan, Scottish Socialist Party MSP, and Sandra White, Scottish National Party MSP.

“Lots of students and young people attended. We had banners where people could make handprints and messages for peace.

“Rosie Kane, SSP MSP, joined the protest in Edinburgh. Both cities were set to protest again on Tuesday evening.”


Elizabeth Allnat says, “Some 30 people, including students, came together in Exeter. We had very good support from the traffic passing us on the main road.

“We held banners saying, ‘100,000 Iraqis dead—it’s time for the British troops to come home. Stop the massacre in Fallujah.’

“People are horrified about what’s happening to Fallujah. It was important to be out showing opposition.”


Maxine Bowler says, “We gathered in Sheffield town centre to protest against the attack on Fallujah.

“Students from the university Islamic Society, CND and young Muslim women joined the protest. We were planning to protest on Tuesday evening as well.”


Polly Milner says, “We protested on a traffic island and draped a banner across the library. We put up placards and were very visible.”


ADAM JOHANNES says, “Around 40 people protested, including a number of students. Passers-by stopped and joined.”

Contact the Stop the War Coalition— phone 020 7278 6694, e-mail or go to

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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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