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A peace and unity vigil was held at Jamia mosque, south Bristol on Friday of last week

A peace and unity vigil was held at Jamia mosque, south Bristol on Friday of last week


Manchester Stop the War Coalition held a public meeting recently where 100 people gathered at the Pakistani Community Centre in Longsight against the backdrop of the London bombings.

The audience reflected the real unity of the movement in Britain—Muslim, non-Muslim, white, black, young, old came together to debate Blair’s war on Islam.

Lucinda Lavelle and Nahella Ashraf


Muslim women are organising public meetings and a peace march. Their husbands are being told by the Labour MP Shahid Malik in private meetings that the bombings are the responsibility of Muslim women not bringing up their sons properly.

These women, backed by their husbands, are clear that the bombings are everything to do with what is happening in the Middle East. They are supported by Kirklees Unison union.

A public meeting is to be held on 24 August in Dewsbury Town Hall, 5.30pm, and a peace march will start at the community centre in Thornhill Lees at 12 noon on Saturday 3 September.

Pat Jones


Over 100 people attended the first meeting of the newly formed Campaign against Racial Terrorism, in Liverpool on Thursday of last week.

The group is the initiative of the L8 Law Centre, based in Toxteth, Merseyside.

Alongside the widespread anger at the racist murder of black teenager Anthony Walker’s was a determination to press for justice in the courts and on the streets.

Paul Sillett

About 100 people packed into a brilliant meeting in the Merseyside Caribbean Community Centre in Toxteth on Monday of last week.

The event was called in response to the targeting of the Muslim community, the attacks on civil liberties and the ongoing horror of Iraq.

Tom Jenkins


Over 100 people gathered on Friday of last week for a peace and unity vigil at the Jamia Mosque in Totterdown, South Bristol.

Andy Abel

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Sat 20 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1964
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