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Anti-war protesters take to streets of Edinburgh

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Families of soldiers in Afghanistan, including some who have lost loved ones in the conflict, led a one thousand‑strong march in Edinburgh against the war last weekend.
Issue 2178

Families of soldiers in Afghanistan, including some who have lost loved ones in the conflict, led a one thousand‑strong march in Edinburgh against the war last weekend.

The protest, organised by the Stop the War Coalition and supported by CND, targeted a meeting of Nato’s parliamentary assembly, which was meeting in the city.

Three delegates to the assembly joined with MSPs, trade unionists and campaigners to lead the march.

Protesters demanded withdrawal from Afghanistan, an end to the Trident nuclear missile system and justice in the Middle East.

Among the marchers was Joan Humphries, whose grandson Kevin Elliott, a 24‑year-old soldier from the Black Watch regiment, was killed in Afghanistan in August.

Joan called for British troops to be returned home “walking—not on stretchers or in body bags”.

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