A 500-strong demonstration marched on RAF Fairford last Saturday, and demanded entry to the base to conduct an inspection for weapons of mass destruction. The Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors led the march through the village of Fairford.
Anti-war protesters from as far away as Manchester and Brighton joined this high-spirited demonstration. As they marched through the village, villagers came out of their houses to offer support.
At the base the Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors demanded entry while protesters sang 'Let us in, let us in' to the tune of 'Fr?re Jacques'. A model Stealth bomber, carried by three people, swooped over the protesters who screamed and 'died' in its path. Some 20 protesters managed to cut the fence and run onto the airfield. This demonstration was called by Bristol Stop the War in response to the arrival of US Stealth bombers at RAF Fairford in November.
Although the bombers have returned to the US, it is believed that they will soon return for the purpose of conducting carpet-bombing of Iraqi cities. This will place towns and cities such as Bristol, Swindon, Oxford, Gloucester and Stroud in the frontline of the US war for oil.
James Venables, Bristol Stop the War
ANTI-WAR campaigners in towns and cities across Britain took to the streets last weekend. Protesters held public signings of Christmas cards to be sent to Tony Blair, demanding he does not attack Iraq.
In Sheffield protesters braved the rain and had a successful Christmas card signing for two hours. There were banners and members from the lecturers' Natfhe and AUT unions, council, health and education workers in Unison, and the NUJ and the local trades council.
People queued up to sign and many took cards to be filled in at work or college. In Liverpool town centre anti-war activists collected 618 signatures and raised £84 for the Stop the War Coalition.
In Lancaster the local Stop the War Coalition presented a public ballot to the local Labour MP. 'We held a public ballot, asking 'Should we attack Iraq?'. The response was Yes 76, No 603,' reports one activist.
AROUND 50 people attended a stop the war workshop in Dewsbury on Wednesday of last week. People from a cross-section of traditions and religious backgrounds voiced their opposition to Bush and Blair's warmongering.
OVER 100 people came to an Americans Against the War meeting in Muswell Hill in north London last week. Protesters also held a 24-hour vigil outside the American Embassy last Sunday.