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Start Kissinger's day with a wake-up call

Issue No. 1796

HENRY KISSINGER is a notorious war criminal. But top British bosses are determined to welcome him to London despite a storm of protest. He has been invited to address the Institute of Directors convention next Wednesday.

The directors are sticking two fingers up at all the human rights and peace campaigners who have documented Kissinger's crimes against humanity. Kissinger is a symbol of US imperialism and the destruction it causes around the world.

The Get Kissinger Group is organising a mass protest outside his breakfast meeting with the directors. Protest starts early, so many campaigners are planning to make a stand against the war criminal before they go to work. Demands are being made to ban Kissinger's visit.

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn is presenting a motion to parliament with a dossier of Kissinger's crimes calling for the visit to be stopped. 'If he is allowed in there will be massive protests,' Corbyn says. A Chilean judge is seeking to extradite Kissinger to appear at the trial of General Pinochet.

More legal actions are pending relating to Kissinger's support for Pinochet's military coup in 1973. Other campaigners are highlighting Kissinger's role in the Vietnam War, the US's secret bombing of Cambodia, and the invasion of East Timor. These protests are rapidly becoming a focus for a range of anti-war and anti-imperialist campaigners.

GET KISSINGER and the corporate criminals

From 7.30am, Wednesday 24 April, Royal Albert Hall, London (South Kensington, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington tube)

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Sat 20 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1796
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