ANTI-WAR activists from around the world are calling for delegates from the movements against the war and globalisation to go to the third Cairo conference called by the International Campaign against US aggression.
Among those urging activists to Cairo are Tony Benn, George Galloway MP, Waldon Bello, Mamdouh Habashi from the Cairo conference organising committee, Salim Valley from the South African Anti-war Coalition, Sheikh Hassan Zarkani from the Al Sadr movement in Iraq, Jaber Wishbash, co-head of the Committee for Human Rights in Gaza, Indian supreme court lawyer and human rights campaigner Nandita Haskar and former UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq Hans von Sponeck.
Their statement says: “For the last two years delegates from the international anti-war and anti-globalisation movements have met together with delegates from Islamic, socialist and nationalist movements in the Arab world in Cairo.
“Now, as the struggle of the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples enters a new and decisive phase, it is more important that ever that the international social movements meet together with those in the Arab world to renew and redouble our common aim of opposing imperialism in both its economic and military forms.”
Egyptian activists are organising a series of extra events to bring together trade unionists, human rights campaigners, artists and others. The aim is to encourage wider participation this time round.
Activists are urged to book flights to Egypt as soon as possible.
More details from the Stop the War Coalition at www.stopwar.org.uk