SOME 120 students at City and Islington College, north London, turned up to the Camden Road site to hear a dance, rap and song performance for peace last week. The programme ranged from rap to a recital of Harold Pinter's 'New World Order' and a performance of a song by Bertolt Brecht.
Between the acts the audience had a chance to question and debate left Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn in a lively discussion on the war. It is clear that students are not only questioning the war but also the priorities of the education system. After the performances many students gave out leaflets for this Saturday's demonstration.
A fantastically youthful and angry demonstration of 500 weaved through the heart of Bedford on Saturday. 'George Bush: Terrorist! Tony Blair: Terrorist!' was the most popular chant. Andrew Burgin of the Stop the War Coaltiion spoke at a rally alongside local church and mosque speakers. All out for the national demonstration this Saturday 12 April, was the message.
ON SATURDAY a lively demo of 140 marched from Reigate to Redhill, in south London. A rally was addressed by a student from Reigate College, a member of the local Islamic community, the local celebrity John Bird (of Bremner, Bird and Fortune) and others.
The turnout and spirit of the march exceeded the expectations of most of the organisers. It was the first local demo for nearly ten years.
CARDIFF STOP the War groups marked the second week of the war last week when about 80 people took part in a march through town and a rally outside the Labour Party's election headquarters.
Demos on previous Thursdays have blocked the road, but a change of tactics will target somewhere different every demo. Next week the movement plans to blockade a petrol station to mark the link between war and oil.
WORTHING anti-war protesters staged a series of events last week. On Thursday last week a stall was set up in Worthing town centre focusing on the treatment of Palestinians.
In the evening a contingent of local protesters met up at West Worthing and toured the town's streets for an hour and a half. On Friday evening a peace vigil was held at the war memorial. On Saturday Worthing Against War then staged a theatrical protest with campaigners wrapped in 'blood soaked' bandages to symbolise the dead and injured on all sides in Iraq.
Also on Saturday a highly successful Rock Against War evening was held in the Vintner's Parrot, Warwick Street, with more than 120 people of all ages packing in to hear bands.
Worthing Against the War
AS PART of the International 'Reclaim the Bases' weekend of action protesters descended on the US base at Fairford, Gloucestershire, on Sunday. The base is used to launch bombing raids on Iraq using massive B-52 bombers. The police used the extensive powers given to them under Section 42 of the Terrorism Act to harass the demonstrators by severely restricting movement around the base and using stop and search tactics.
THERE WERE protests at 15 military bases in Britain last weekend. The included a 120-strong protest at the naval HQ in Portsmouth and a 120-strong march to RAF Stafford.
At Devonport, Plymouth, 70 anti-war activists staged a 'weapons inspection'. Around 60 anti-war activists staged a demonstration at Fylingdales. About 180 protesters travelled to Northwood today for a day of anti-war action at Britain's military HQ. At RAF Mawgan in Cornwall 120 people staged an anti-war protest.
HISTORIAN Richard Overy spoke at a 70-strong meeting at Kings College London last Monday.
The meeting on the 'New world disorder' was organised by the college's AUT lecturers' union.
Around 200 people marched through Huddersfield on Saturday in a lively, angry and noisy demonstration against the war. Led by young people, the march ended in a rally at which speakers called for support for Saturday's national demonstration.
Some 30 people attended a peace vigil at Ryton Village Green on the outskirts of Newcastle last Sunday evening.