ANTI-WAR activists Pete Heddle and Tony Staunton were found not guilty at their trial in Plymouth on Monday of this week. They were arrested in February during a 500-strong march and protests through Plymouth city centre.
Pete Heddle, campaigns organiser for Plymouth University Students Union, and Tony Staunton, Chair of Plymouth Unison, were singled out by police. The two were charged with offences under the Public Order Act and faced prison sentences.
A campaign won the support of trade unions including Unison and the TUC. Two reviews by the Crown Prosecution Service failed to stop the trial taking place. CCTV evidence used in the trial clearly contradicted police evidence, and the charges were thrown out after a one-day hearing.
THE PEACE in the Park event, organised by the Sheffield Stop the War Coalition, was held last Saturday, attracting around 1,000 people. Local bands and clubs played music through the day.
OVER 150 people attended a Stop the War meeting in Ilford town hall on Monday of this week with speakers including George Galloway.
UP TO 300 people came to hear George Galloway in Brighton last week in 'the biggest meeting in the area for years', organised by the Sussex Action for Peace group. The meeting included longstanding peace campaigners and a new generation of anti-war activists that has been thrown up by the war on Iraq.
AROUND 150 people in Southampton and again in Portsmouth turned up to hear George Galloway last week.