AROUND 350 people crowded into the friendship centre in Burnley on Thursday of last week to protest against an attack on Iraq and for freedom for Palestine. They heard George Galloway MP, Dr Siddiqui from the Muslim Parliament, John Rees from the Stop the War Coalition, Norma Wilson from CND, and Asad Rehman from the Newham Monitoring Project.
This exciting meeting brought together Asian and white working class people, young and old, united in opposition to war against Iraq. The importance of such a development in a town with three Nazi BNP councillors was not lost on the speakers.
Many people joined the local Stop the War coalition on the night, and an anti-war movement has been born in Burnley.
George Galloway's anti-war double-decker bus driving around Burnley on the afternoon of the meeting helped to generate the atmosphere for a large and lively meeting.
OVER 60 people filled the education room in Oldham's new art gallery to watch a screening of the video Not In My Name last Saturday. The audience was a mix of Asian, black and white. There were men and women, young and old, reflecting the diversity of Oldham's people.
AROUND 100 people heard George Galloway and other anti-war speakers in Barnsley last Sunday. There was a determined mood to build a movement against war on Iraq.
ABOUT 100 people came to an anti-war meeting in Woolwich, south London, last week.
AN ANTI-WAR vigil in Bristol last week saw around 300 people stand with Tony Benn in opposition to war on Iraq. 'In 1983 Donald Rumsfeld, who is now beating the drum for war, was in Baghdad selling chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein,' said Tony Benn.
A 'LOVE music-hate war' gig was packed out in Neath, South Wales, last Saturday. Five local young bands played a benefit gig in support of the Stop the War Coalition.
THERE WILL be a meeting on Merseyside against the war on Monday 30 September at 7.30pm at the Gladstone Hotel, Liverpool (behind Lime Street station). Speakers include Arthur Scargill, Lindsey German, Bruce Kent, Felicity Arbuthnot and Bob Wareing MP.
AROUND 200 people came to an anti-war meeting in Brixton, south London, on Monday. Speakers included Billy Hayes (CWU union general secretary), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition) and Asad Rehman from the Newham Monitoring Project.
Rob Ferguson, chair of the South London Stop the War Coalition, reports, 'There was continual applause when the speakers denounced Bush's hypocrisy and pointed out the different way in which Iraq and Israel are treated. People did not come simply to listen, they also wanted to be active. After the meeting there were sheets of names of people who wanted to build local anti-war groups and do further work on estates and in workplaces.'