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Assembly gathers anti-war majority
'LISTEN TO us, stop the war' is the message of the People's Assembly for Peace next Wednesday in London. Hundreds of delegates from groups against the war across the country will gather in Westminster Central Hall, just opposite parliament. It is a challenge to parliament's refusal to reflect the anti-war mood sweeping Britain.
'This assembly is an opportunity for ordinary people to really make themselves heard,' said Jeremy Corbyn MP. 'Parliament has still not voted definitively on whether to go to war, yet 40 percent of all British armed forces are already in the battlefield.' George Galloway MP added, 'If we can't find enough members of parliament to represent us, then we'll have to find our members of the people's parliament on Wednesday.'
Trade union leaders are also speaking up in favour of the assembly. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the civil servants' PCS union, said, 'The people of this country do not want war with Iraq - however, this is not reflected in parliament.
'The people's parliament is an important initiative which will allow ordinary people, trade unionists, peace campaigners and peoples of all walks of life, religion and cultures to demonstrate that we do not want war.' Bob Crow of the rail workers' RMT union said, 'If the government won't stop this war then people will have to work out how we can stop this war by ourselves.' Every anti-war activist should ensure delegates go from their area to the assembly to make it a large and powerful expression of the feeling across Britain.