THE SCOTTISH anti-war movement took to the streets for the first time since 28 September last Saturday.
Over 15,000 marched under the banner 'Don't attack Iraq-freedom for Palestine'. They gave Andrew Murray from the Stop the War Coalition a fantastic response when he urged demonstrators to 'stop the war, and stop the cities on Halloween'. Feeder marches from four areas of Glasgow converged on George Square.
Buses coming from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife and Greenock swelled the demonstration. The feeder marches were vocal and well attended, but one was particularly inspiring - the one that came from Sighthill estate, which is the home of many asylum seekers.
Trade unionists showed their solidarity with sizeable delegations, and banners from the RMT, Unison, the EIS teachers' union, the AUT, the PCS and the CWU. The firefighters' FBU union was prominent and vigorously supported throughout the march.
Labour MP George Galloway donated his battle bus to the campaign. The day before we paraded round Glasgow in a bus emblazoned with the slogan 'Don't attack Iraq', flying Palestinian flags and FBU flags. Speakers at the march rally included Tommy Sheridan from the Scottish Socialist Party.
He urged, 'We must not attack Iraq even if the UN passes a resolution that suggests we do.' John McAllion, Labour MP for Dundee, pledged to take part in civil disobedience on 31 October.
If those defending foxhunting can break the law then we can break the law to stop the war on Iraq. It's time to get your trainers on, because we are planning to march and do student actions, and to rock warmongers on Halloween!
Duncan Hallas memorial meeting
HUNDREDS OF people attended a memorial meeting in London last Saturday for the longstanding socialist Duncan Hallas. Those paying tribute to him included Bernard Regan from the NUT and Paul Foot