OVER 450 people crammed into a Stop the War Coalition meeting in the Gladstone Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday of last week. The meeting condemned the threat of attacks on Iraq. It was sponsored by playwright Jimmy McGovern, Mirror columnist Brain Reade, Liverpool NUT and NUJ branches, and the Merseyside Peace Council.
Calls for demonstrations and one-hour stoppages at work when any bombing of Iraq starts were loudly applauded. A collection of £900 was raised for the coalition. People who attended the meeting flooded Radio Merseyside's phone-in show the next day talking about how they had enjoyed the meeting and debating the issues it had raised.
ANTI-WAR protesters joined a hastily organised picket of defence minister Geoffrey Hoon in Gloucester on Thursday of last week. The picket, called by the Council Workers Against the War group, was supported by local people living near the venue.