A STOP the war demonstration drew around 1,000 people on to the streets of Sheffield last Saturday. The march was led by a delegation from South Yorkshire FBU and addressed by CND, trade unionists, socialists and students. Later the same night a massive Stop the War Coalition benefit raised £1,800 as DJs from across Sheffield's club scene attracted hundreds of people.
ABOUT 1,500 people joined a lively anti-war march through central Brighton last Saturday, organised by Sussex Action for Peace. It united anti-war activists, trade unionists, peace campaigners, students, members of NGOs, Muslims, Jewish people and socialists. The procession paused at the main Brighton fire station to support firefighters on the picket line.
LEEDS Coalition Against the War held an inspirational meeting on Monday 18 November to hear 18 year old Israeli refusenik and peace activist Tal Matalon. Over 120 people heard her speak about the resistance to military occupation of Palestine that exists in Israel itself.
On Wednesday 20 November, two days later, over 100 heard anti-war author Milan Rai help further demolish the case for Bush and Blair's war in another rally. Earlier that day, he had been one of the speakers to address over 250 students at Leeds University in a teach-in organised by the politics department.
AROUND 150 people gathered in York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, last Thursday to hear George Galloway MP and Dr Siddiqui from the Muslim Parliament discuss stopping the war on Iraq. Around 45 people joined the Tower Hamlets Stop the War Coalition and we had significant support from local trade unions.
AN ANTI-WAR protester arrested in London on 31 October is facing serious charges. Leo Zeilig took part in the peaceful events in Whitehall that formed part of the Stop the War Coalition anti-war day.
He was tracked by police for large parts of the demonstration and then arrested in Trafalgar Square. Now he is charged with incitement to violent disorder, an offence with a maximum sentence of five years in jail. Leo strongly denies the charge. A number of other protesters also face charges. His next court hearing is on 31 December. A defence campaign is being organised.