Anti-war actions took place across Britain on Tuesday of last week, the Stop the War Coalition’s day of action marking two years since 15 February 2003, the biggest anti-war march in British history. Keir McKechnie reports from Glasgow.
Over 150 people took part in a day of civil disobedience. A lunchtime mass leafleting took place outside the army recruitment office in Queen Street. We scored a victory as the office closed for the full day to avoid having to deal with us. Students from Stirling report they closed the office in their town for a few hours as well.
Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq, joined the Glasgow protest along with many of Gordon’s friends.
Leaflets with a message from Rose to potential recruits said, “Think before you sign. I wish my boy did!” The public’s response was great. At 5pm, protesters gathered at the Wellington statue and held a die-in in solidarity with people in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. City centre traffic was stopped for 20 minutes and an impromptu march through the streets followed.
The next mobilisations are the protest at the Scottish Labour Party conference in Dundee on Saturday 5 March, and 19 March demonstrations in London and Glasgow.
Doug Morgan from Birmingham adds, “We stormed the army careers office and held a peaceful protest. About 70 people took part. We held a leafleting session beforehand and a demonstration through the Bullring in Birmingham city centre afterwards.”