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Stop the War vigils around the country follow bomb attacks.

Issue No. 1961

Peace vigil in Swansea on Thursday of last week  (Pic: Alan Thomson)

Peace vigil in Swansea on Thursday of last week (Pic: Alan Thomson)


Glasgow

ABOUT 300 people attended a peace vigil in Glasgow’s George Square on Sunday 17 July in response to the bombings in London.

The event, called by the Stop the War Coalition, the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and Scottish CND, attracted a multi-racial crowd of all ages and included many local Muslims.

Many of those present carried placards saying, “Remembering victims in London, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Church of Scotland minister John Mann introduced a minute’s silence, which was followed by a poignant lament on Galician pipes by a Spanish musician.

All the speakers argued that ending the occupation of Iraq was the key to stopping the bombings.

Osama Saeed spoke on behalf of MAB and said the responsibility for the deaths in London lay ultimately with Britain’s foreign policies rather than with any religion.

“I’m sick of hearing that Muslims should apologise for the bombings,” said Robina Qureshi.

“It’s Tony Blair who owes us all an apology for the hate he has created with the war in Iraq.”

Also represented among the speakers were G8 Alternatives, Scottish CND, the NUJ media union and the Justice for Gordon Gentle Campaign.

Scottish Socialist Party MSP Rosie Kane closed the vigil with a stirring speech, attacking the hypocrisy of those demanding that we mourn the London dead but ignore the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Roddy Slorach


Wakefield

ABOUT 150 people took part in a minute’s silence in Wakefield Cathedral precinct to commemorate the victims of the London bombs.

 The vigil was organised by Wakefield Stop the War Coalition and chaired by Verity Watts of Wakefield Peace Group.

It was addressed by a number of speakers including from Wakefield churches, Mr Aziz from Wakefield Mosque Committee, Andy Brammer from the local trades council, Howard Miles on behalf of Respect and local Labour councillor Hilary Mitchell. 

In addition to expressing sympathy for all those directly affected by the bombs, speakers called for all sections of the Wakefield community to work together in the name of peace and unity and to isolate any racist reaction.

Several of the speakers linked the London bombings to Tony Blair’s support for George Bush’s invasions wars.

The main speaker was Peter Brierley from Military Families Against the War, whose son had been killed in Iraq.

He described how he had come to believe that the only long term solution was to end the occupation of Iraq and bring the troops home immediately.

Howard Miles Wakefield Stop the War Coalition


Swansea

FORTY people attended a peace vigil organised by Swansea Coalition Against War and supported by the Swansea Muslim Youth League on Thursday of last week.

The vigil was reported in the local newspaper.

Reports and interviews were also broadcast on the local radio station.

Martin Chapman


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Sat 30 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1961
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