The extraordinary behaviour of the police threatened to mar the otherwise good-natured and relaxed atmosphere of last weekend’s anti-war event in London,writes a member of Reigate & Redhill STW. Although there was no significant police presence in Trafalgar Square, or on the short march to Downing Street afterwards, things changed outside Downing Street. Having delivered … Continue reading
Latest bulletin from STW national office All the signs are that the Anti-war Assembly in Trafalgar Square on Saturday is going to be a memorable day. Pledges to be there are pouring in and among the latest are the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who will be speaking in person, Birmingham councillor and leader of the … Continue reading
Antiwar Mass Assembly, Saturday 8 October, 12 noon, Trafalgar Square, London From Stop the War head office Many thanks for signing the pledge to join the Antiwar Mass Assembly in Trafalgar Square. Thousands have pledged and there is a steady stream of new signatories. Thousands more who have not pledged will be there. Transport is … Continue reading
A message from JEREMY CORBYN MP, Stop the War Coalition national chair, and LINDSEY GERMAN, Stop the War Coalition national convenor. The Antiwar Mass Assembly in Trafalgar Square on 8 October is going to be one of Stop the War’s most important events. Thousands of people have pledged to be there (see http://bit.ly/pBlNMI), transport is … Continue reading
* Pledge to be in Trafalgar Square: http://bit.ly/o10L6p; * Use your Twitter and Facebook to spread the word as widely as you can, using the link to the October 8 website: http://bit.ly/o10L6p; * Encourage your friends, family, work colleagues, fellow students etc to pledge to be there; * Get the October 8 postcards from Stop the … Continue reading
Online pledges to attend the AntiWar Mass Assembly in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 8 October are pouring in, writes Stop the War national office. Recent pledgers include Guardian journalist Seumas Milne, comedian Mark Steel, Moazzem Begg who was incarcerated in Guantanamo bay, and Owen Jones, much praised author of “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working … Continue reading
It’s two months to go until the antiwar mass assembly on October 8th. The protest will mark 10 years since the invasion of Afghanistan and the start of the “war on terror”. We’ve lived through nearly 10 years of war. October 8th must raise the stakes in terms of antiwar mobilisation and in terms of the political cost of these disastrous wars for our own government. For that reason we will be taking over Trafalgar Square, turning it into a space to give voice to all the issues encompassed by the war – Afghanistan centrally, but also Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Islamophobia, civil liberties and the huge financial cost of the war at a time of massive public spending cuts. There will be rallies, screenings, music, speak-outs, street theatre and more. At this stage exact arrangements are still in process and the assembly will be shaped by everyone taking part in it. But to give a flavour of what October 8th will look like below are a few examples: TAKE OVER TRAFALGAR John Pilger, Len McCluskey, Brian Eno, Ahdaf Soueif, Jemima Khan & Tony Benn will be there. In the three weeks since the pledge was launched 1,300 people have added their names, but we need thousands more to build the momentum. Add your name here and spread the word http://bit.ly/oD6Ac9 The main stage will feature a large scale screen where films will be shown. As part of this we’re runnng a video competition on the antiwarassembly youtube channel. The theme is ’10 years of war’. Whichever video gets the most hits will be screened in Trafalgar. We hope to have a second stage (subject to negotiations) where Stop the War groups can delegate a member of their group or other representative for a speak-out against the war. Many other organisations will be taking part. Unite and PCS are now officially backing the protest. Part of the plan for how to use the square is to divide the space into areas representing different issues and organisations. For example there will be a civil liberties area with stalls, marquees etc dealing with torture, rendition and extrajudicial detention. Military families and soldiers will be joining the assembly. Among them will be several new families and former soldiers, including Lillian Lyons, wife of Michael Lyons who is currently in military prison for refusing to fight in Afghanistan. They will be speaking out for the first time and October 8th is a chance to stand with them in solidarity. Later on in the day the families will lead a contingent down Whitehall to deliver a petition to Downing St. It’s time to demand an end to the suffering, injustice and futility of the past 10 years of war. Be there, sign the pledge, spread the word and let’s build October 8th to be a massive show of opposition to the disastrous war on terror.
It’s nearly 10 years since the Stop the War Coalition was formed, following the events of 9/11. The war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago this October. The organisation is planning a number of events around these anniversaries. 1. Mass anti war assembly in Trafalgar Square October 8th, organised with CND and BMI. We already have … Continue reading