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Stop the war

Issue No. 1858

Hackney AROUND 200 people came to hear George Galloway speak against the occupation of Iraq in Hackney, east London, on Saturday of last week. The meeting was part of the Turkish and Kurdish Day Mer Festival for Peace. Mustafa Yalciner, from the Turkish Labour Party, joined Galloway on the platform.


Tottenham AROUND 200 people packed into the College of North East London to hear George Galloway, John Rees and Dr Siddiqui call for an end to the Anglo-American occupation of Iraq. Local Stop the War groups are now planning for the recalled People's Assembly in August and the national demonstration called on 27 September.
Simon Hester


Brixton THE STOP the War group invited New Labour MP Keith Hill to defend his pro-war stance to his constituents last week. Fifty people came to the meeting. People talked about the way they had worked to get the MP elected in the past, of Labour's roots as a working class party and how they felt ashamed and disgusted at New Labour's pro-imperialist stance.

Anger erupted when Hill continued to insist the war had benefited the Iraqi people and that weapons of mass destruction would be found. He said that if we didn't agree with him all we had to do was not vote for him next time. The MP was visibly shocked by the number of people he recognised as past Labour activists at the meeting.
Julie Hall


Glasgow FIFTY people went to a Cathcart Against War meeting last week in the Southside of Glasgow where a local Iraqi screened footage of his recent visit to Baghdad showing the horror of the occupation in Iraq.
Beth Armstrong


Gloucester SOME 100 people came to hear George Galloway speak at the University of Gloucestershire on Friday of last week. He said the coalition had done a magnificent job and nearly stopped the war, but now had to make sure that Blair was held to account for all the lies in the run-up to the war.
Stewart Smyth


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Sat 5 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1858
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