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Anti-war protest at Tower Hamlets council meeting

by Martin Empson
Issue No. 1970

The council meeting protest (Pic: Tower Hamlets Respect)

The council meeting protest (Pic: Tower Hamlets Respect)

Tower Hamlets councillors were surprised to see protesters brandishing anti-war placards and housing banners outside their meeting this month.

Some councillors preferred to use the back entrance to the town hall to avoid us, and missed out on hearing our views on two crucial issues.

Residents from the Parkside estate were protesting about serious allegations arising from a recent housing transfer ballot.

The vote to move the homes out of council control was won by only seven votes, and Tower Hamlets Against Transfer has called for an independent investigation.

Tower Hamlets Stop the War Coalition were protesting because Respect councillor Oliur Rahman’s motion calling for support for the anti-war protest on 24 September was rejected.

He was told that Iraq wasn’t relevant to the people of the borough.

This is an insult to those in Tower Hamlets who have opposed the war, and many of whom have also felt the racist backlash from the recent London bombings.

Respect councillors Ghulam Mortuza and Oliur Rahman addressed the demonstration before they went into the meeting.

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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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