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Stop the War

Issue No. 1969

Brian Eno and Julie Christie at Downing Street last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Brian Eno and Julie Christie at Downing Street last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Actress Julie Christie and musician Brian Eno last week handed in a letter, signed by almost 100 celebrities, academics, musicians, MPs and activists to 10 Downing Street calling for British troops to be brought home from Iraq by the end of the year.

Personally addressed to Tony Blair, the letter said the war had been an “unmitigated disaster”.

It added, “The United Nations mandate for the occupation of Iraq expires this December.

“We call on you to initiate the first steps to end this carnage by announcing that British troops will be brought home by the end of this year.”

Among those signing the letter were poet Benjamin Zephaniah, professor Richard Dawkins, guitarist John Williams, actor/director Mark Rylance, singer Billy Bragg, trade union leader Tony Woodley and director Ken Loach.

Brian Eno said, “Personally, I’m saying I do not want to be associated with a bunch of rednecks with big guns and small minds.”

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Sat 24 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1969
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