More than 5,000 anti-war protesters marched on Tory and then Labour Party headquarters in London tonight, Tuesday, in protest at David Cameron's plans to bomb Syria.
Speakers at a rally in Parliament Square included MPs from the Scottish National Party, Labour and Green MP Caroline Lucas. During the rally news came that parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee had voted that Cameron had not made a case for airstrikes.
Lindsey German, convenor of StWC, said, “It’s very important we see that we can make a difference on this.” She urged activists “do everything you can in the next 24 hours” to stop the bombing.
Some protesters phoned their MPs from the demo to demand they voted against airstrikes.
Lots of marchers had brought homemade placards.
Poppy, a student, brought one saying, “What would Tony Benn do?” She told Socialist Worker, “I had family in Syria, it was a beautiful country. Now the bombing will only make life worse for Syrians and the refugees we should be helping.”
Salma Yaqoob campaigned with STWC against the Iraq war. She told the crowd that she had come from Birmingham to speak because MPs “don’t seem to have learned the lessons from the past.”
She went on, “We have to say to David Cameron whatever happens tomorrow this is not in our name.”
The demo was young, militant and angry. After a rally it poured down the streets chanting continuously, “Don't bomb Syria. No more war.”
Outside Tory party headquarters the crowd chanted, “Shame on you David Cameron". Outside Labour HQ they shouted, “Shame on you Hilary Benn”.
After the demo finished hundreds of young people continued to demonstrate and chant against the bombing.