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Video appeal from Rose Gentle to join the Time to Go Demonstration

Issue No. 2019

Rose Gentle of Military Families Against the War at the peace camp in Manchester calls on people to join the demonstration on Saturday 23 September (Friday 22 September 2006)

(Video: Dave Swanson)

This message, urging you to come to Saturday’s demonstration in Manchester is from Rose Gentle. In 2004 her 19 year old son Gordon was killed in Iraq. She says, “We were told we went to war in Iraq to rid the world of the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

“That was a lie - one lie among many. Our government lied to us. It was a lie that cost my son his life. They should be ashamed of themselves.

“If my son had died for a noble cause, I would be just as heartbroken. But my son died for a lie and I want justice. Justice is two things. It is seeing that people get what they deserve. And it is making things right, the way they are supposed to be.

“Like many youngsters across the country, Gordon joined up for the promise of escaping poverty for a better future – to travel and learn a trade. Yet with only six months training he was sent to die in Iraq.

“We need policies which offer hope for the future. Many people feel betrayed because they believe this governments priorities are all wrong. I believe the billions of pounds wasted on this criminal war would be better spent on providing good pensions for our elderly and decent jobs for our youngsters.”

For full coverage of the demonstration go to Reports and video of Manchester Time to Go demonstration


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Sat 23 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2019
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