‘BUSH, BLAIR, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?’ That was just one of the many anti-war slogans which rang around Glasgow city centre last Saturday. Some 4,500 people took to the streets.
Huge numbers from Scotland’s Muslim and Asian communities, and masses of young people, many with home-made placards, joined the protest.
In Queen Street, where the British armed forces have recruitment centres, there was a mass sit-down. In George Square at the rally this atmosphere of unity and militancy was much in evidence.
The loudest applause was reserved for the uncompromising speeches of Kenny Ross of the firefighters’ FBU union, socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan and left wing Labour MP George Galloway.
Galloway made a powerful speech, arguing, ‘To follow a crime of massacre with another crime of massacre is equally unconscionable, and I believe it is also a terrorist act.’
Tommy Sheridan spoke for everyone when he said that the huge turnout for the protest gave him great encouragement that there could be a mass anti-war movement in Scotland.
IN TOWNS across Britain people have responded to the war by moving to build opposition. Here are some of the protests held last week.
BIRMINGHAM: 400 at anti-war meeting.
LEYTONSTONE, LONDON: 120 people attend meeting.
SUNDERLAND UNIVERSITY: 70 students hold debate.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON: 90 people at meeting.
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY: 90 students at debate.
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY: 250 students at teach-in.
KING’S COLLEGE LONDON: 100 staff and students at meeting.
NEWHAM, LONDON: 250 at meeting.
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY: 300 at teach-in.
ESSEX: Hundreds join peace vigils across the county.
BRADFORD: 100 at anti-war rally.
TOTNES, DEVON: 400 join anti-war march.
EXETER: 150 join vigil.
PENZANCE: 70 at anti-war vigil.
WYCOMBE: 60 at vigil.
BURY: 60 at Stop the War launch.
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD: 40 at vigil.
ROTHERHAM: Over 70 at meeting.
NOTTINGHAM: 250 at anti-war meeting.
CHESTERFIELD: Over 90 at meeting.
PLYMOUTH: 80 at vigil.
LIVERPOOL: Over 350 at anti-war rally.
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