UK anti-war actions

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2003 - 7:27

A round-up of what has been happening round the country.
BIRMINGHAM
About 1,000 people took part in rally in the city centre on 29 March. The demonstration marched from to BBC Pebble Mill, to make their views known on the corporation's bias. Police met protesters with battons drawn and dogs on leashes.

CANTERBURY
Around 200 students and local peace activists demonstrated on 20 March. sitting down in a busy ring road for 20 minutes before marching to the cathedral.

EDINBURGH
About 10,000 attended the anti-war demo in Edinburgh on Saturday 29 March. It was the eighth march in the last two weeks. Sit-down
protests stopped Princes Street traffic.
There will be a blockage of Grangemouth oil refinary on 4 April 4th.

Art exhibition 5-13 April. A response to war by 50 artists. Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place.

GLASGOW
Around 10,000 marched through the city centre on 22 March, culminating in a rally in George Square and non-violent sit-down protests in surrounding streets. Five people were arrested when they tried to stop traffic on the M8 motorway. At the top of Sauchiehall Street, demonstrators were hemmed in by police for four hours before being allowed to march back to George Square.

HACKNEY
Estate meetings are a good way to take the arguments against war out to working class communities. At a meeting held on my estate about two dozen poeple attended.
A Kurdish/Turkish woman came. She thought the poster in my window was spot on - we have to say No to War and No to Saddam.

NORWICH
The outbreak of war in Iraq was the signal for hours of noisy demonstrating in the streets of Norwich. Workers and anti-war campaigners were joined from mid-day on the steps of City Hall by scores of school-students and a contingent of students from the University of East Anglia, where a peace camp has been set up.

NOTTINGHAM
About 50 attended a Labour against the War meeting on 23 March had about 50 in attendance but relatively few involved in the Labour Party.
There have been several large demonstrations in Nottingham.
The Worker Communist Party of Iraq organised a meeting in Kurdish on "USA War On Iraq, Future of Iraq and Kurdistan".

SHEFFIELD
On 22 March over 3,000 demonstrated in the city centre of Sheffield. Others went to the protest at Menwith Hill.

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