Protest for Peace
PROTEST FOR PEACE
A call for an end to the war in Afghanistan is to be made on the 20th November in central London. A joint initiative between the Stop The War Coalition, CND, the British Muslim Initiative and several other affiliated groups, a large number of people are expected to take part in the demonstration, which will call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and for British troops to return home. The Stop the War Coalition, which was behind what is believed to be the largest demonstration in British history, the 2003 protest against the invasion of Iraq in central London, has opposed the invasion of Afghanistan since it’s formation in September 2001, and has renewed its calls for the end of war in Afghanistan. It has local organisations all over the UK, and is planning to have all groups travel to London and march together on the 20th. It states its cause for opposition to the war being due to the growing body count of both Afghans and foreign soldiers, the thousands more people due to die under David Cameron’s plans to avoid withdrawal of troops until 2015, and widespread public opposition to the war, alongside the mounting costs of continuing the war whilst cuts at home are having to be made. The Coalition has pointed out that little more can be achieved over the next five years when the previous 10 have failed to fulfil all targets.
The march will take place between Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square, starting at 12 pm and culminating in a series of talks by key figures, including Tony Benn, who spoke at the protest against the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and Guardian Journalist Seumas Milne. UNIfied will be reporting upon the demonstration and will be bringing the news to you via the UNIfied website, but urges all Christ Church students to attend and witness the rally themselves, and to make their voices heard in the call for peace.
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