AROUND 200 people came to hear George Galloway speak in Ealing in west London on the continuing occupation of Iraq last week. There was a great mix of people at the meeting, all united in their anger at Blair and his lies, while support for George Galloway was stronger than ever. This meeting proved wrong anyone who had thought the anti-war movement had disappeared. There was a real feeling that action against Bush and Blair must continue.
ALMOST 200 people attended the Greater Manchester Coalition to Stop the War's first people's assembly last Saturday. Everyone involved felt this was a positive step forward. After the assembly two delegates held a banner saying 'Another world is possible' near a military band. The police arrived.
After delegates tried to intervene the police arrested James Thorne, a former British army officer, and charged him with a public order offence and assaulting a police officer. James refutes the charges. Activists will support James. For full details see www.manchesterstopthewar.org
AROUND 200 people gathered for the Hands off the Middle East event in Brighton last Saturday. It was organised by Sussex Action for Peace. It proved there is a huge audience for political discussion on a range of issues.
As one participant who had never attended a political event before said, 'Listening to an Iraqi speaker made the war in Iraq real to me for the first time and now I want to find out more.'
OTHER anti-war meetings last week saw 180 people meet in Preston and 120 in Bradford.