About 200 people attended a lively rally and demo for peace and justice in the Middle East last Saturday organised by York Against the War and York Palestine Solidarity Campaign, writes James Cussens. Speakers included Suzy Wighton who recently returned her MBE in protest at Blair’s support for illegal wars, and Mohamed El Gomati, representing the city’s mosque.
Aberdeen anti-war rally
Over 70 people attended a “Hands off Lebanon” meeting at Aberdeen Arts Centre on Thursday of last week organised by Aberdeen Stop the War Coalition.
The packed meeting gave a standing ovation to Suzy Wighton, an Aberdeen health worker who has just returned her MBE in protest at the government’s policy in the Middle East. She was dubbed the “angel of Beirut” for her work as a nurse in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon during the 1980s. Other speakers included representatives from the Labour Party, Scottish Socialist Party, Green Party and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Merseyside meeting hears Lebanese journalist
Around 90 people crammed into Merseyside Caribbean community centre last Sunday to hear Omar Nashabe speak first hand about Israeli terror attacks on Lebanon. The diverse audience included many new people outraged by Israel’s atrocities.
Last week also saw about 40 people present at a Stop the War film screening in St Helens.
Derry protesters campaign
Support is growing for the nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, charged under terrorism legislation for occupying the Derry base of US arms manufacturer Raytheon.
Raytheon produce software for weapons used by Israel’s army in its assault on Lebanon.
Messages have come from Noam Chomsky and activists in the Lebanon. To read the statement of support go to http://www.swp.org.uk/raytheon.php and send messages backing the statment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairford protesters on trial
On Monday 4 September two peace protesters go on trial at Bristol crown court - and could face ten years in jail.
In March 2003 Paul Milling and Margaret Jones used hammers and bolt cutters to disable bomb-carrying trucks and fuel tankers at RAF Fairford. It was an attempt to delay take-off of 14 B-52 bombers waiting to launch the first air raids of the Iraq War.
The two are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
Their defence will evidence war crimes resulting from bombing Iraq.
Their will be a vigil in their support from 9am.