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Salma Yaqoob shows Respect for the Levellers

by Jon Gamble
Issue No. 2002

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Salma Yaqoob and 'a Leveller' by the memorial to the executed soldiers (Pic: Jon Gamble)

Newly elected Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob spoke to an audience of around 300 people last Saturday who had gathered in Burford, Oxfordshire, to commemorate Levellers Day.

The event honours the memory of three Leveller soldiers executed in Burford in 1649 for mutiny. They were defying Oliver Cromwell’s orders to send them to Ireland as part of Britain’s first colonial war.

Salma spoke alongside Tony Benn and others against war, racism and Britain’s imperial adventures today. The meeting was followed by a march through the town, a wreath laying ceremony and the singing of the Internationale.






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Tue 23 May 2006, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2002
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