Over 100 peace campaigners from around Sussex assembled at the Peace Statue on Hove Lawns for a march through Brighton called by Sussex Action for Peace on Saturday of last week.
The peace march was led by representatives of local communities. The marchers went through the town centre to a rally addressed by speakers including Andrew Murray from the Stop the War Coalition.
Further actions will take place in Brighton during the Labour Party conference on 25 September.
Cath Senker, Sussex Action for Peace
Sussex Action for Peace is organising transport to the Stop the War Coalition national march in central London on 24 September. Phone 07963 558 404 for information.
Saad Abdullatif, chair of Didsbury Mosque, welcomed over 100 people to a United Against Racism, United For Peace meeting in Manchester last Sunday.
Representatives from Respect, the Greens, the Liberal Democrats and Labour Against the War spoke in defence of multiculturalism and against the racist backlash. The local MP sent a message of support.
Saad Abdullatif said, “Our children go to the same schools. We are in businesses. We are doctors and nurses. How much more integrated can we get?”
Andrew Murray, chair of Stop the War, explained the importance of the peace and liberty march on 24 September. He said, “Bring the troops home by Christmas. This more than anything will stop the killing in Iraq and the bombings we saw on the London tube.”
Activists are now planning meetings in other parts of the city. A meeting with anti-war groups and trades unions has been set up.
Mark Krantz treasurer, Manchester Stop the War Coalition
SOME 400 people packed into a hall at Edinburgh University for a Stop the War meeting on Monday of last week.
Speakers included Colin Fox, convenor of the Scottish Socialist Party, Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War, human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, Lindsey German of Stop the War and Tony Benn.
Aamer Anwar launched a blistering attack on the government’s handling of the bomb attacks in London.
Aamer urged everyone to stand up and defend their local Muslim communities, and to get down to London on 24 September in order to send a clear message to Blair’s government that we won’t be distracted from the truth about Iraq.
Lindsey German said that it has never been as important as now, when civil liberties and the Muslim community are under attack, for the anti-war movement to turn out in numbers.
Tony Benn spoke with fire and passion. The prolonged standing ovation which Tony Benn received marked a fitting end to a superb event.
Over 200 people attended a meeting in Pollokshields in Glasgow last week to oppose the war and defend Muslims.
This was a fantastic show of unity, the first in Glasgow since the London bombings. Speakers included Mohammed Sarwar, the local Labour MP, Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party, Robina Quereshi from Positive Action in Housing and Osama Saeed from the Muslim Association of Britain.
It was widely felt that a group of young Asian men who had just returned from Palestine made the best contribution. They spoke about the injustices they had witnessed there.
The need for us to pull out all the stops to build for the 24 September London march was emphasised.