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Hundreds March to Oppose Syrian Bombing.

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Stop the War Coalition Protest in London, Saturday.

Hundreds of anti-war protesters have taken to the streets to oppose Britain’s bombing campaign in Syria.

Demonstrators calling for an immediate halt to air strikes in the war-ravaged country are marching through central London towards Downing Street.

They gathered in Portland Place outside the BBC headquarters, New Broadcasting House, before setting off at about midday.

Air strikes were launched after MPs voted 397 to 223 in favour of military intervention on December 2.

Evening Standard.

Russia Today (called ‘RT@) reports:

Thousands of people have marched in London to protest against UK intervention in Syria and the airstrikes which have recently been launched. Anti-war activists also demanded a full stop to other UK military campaigns abroad.

Slogans like “MPs who voted to kill people #stop bombing Syria”, “Bombing for peace is like f**king for virginity,” and “Syrian lives matter”, were visible on flags and banners carried by the pacifists. The protest closed streets as it weaved along Regent Street, past Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

“Stop the war” as well as “Boycott ISIS,” were also seen among the banners in the crowd.

We say no to the continued violence, we say no to the terror and we say no to the racism that is the fallout of this war,”Nancy Taaffe, from the Socialist Party, told the Daily Mail.

Addressing the crowd outside Downing Street, deputy leader of the Green Party, Shahrar Ali, urged the UK government to accept more Syrian refugees. Some 20,000 Syrian refugees are due to arrive in Britain over the next five years.

Peter Tatchell at Stop Bombing Syria Rally London

Peter Tatchell. (from Demotix)

Tariq Ali, (Friday) “I hope there will be a large turnout on Saturday.”

Without comment.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

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  1. Not all went well for the Stop the West Campaign as this report from Face Book shows:

    1. Immediately on joining the demo, John Rees telling Abdulaziz Almashi, Syrian refugee and one of Syria Solidarity’s founders, and Peter Tatchell, that they had to leave the demo.
    2. Demo organisers (assumed to be John Rees) telling the cops the demo wouldn’t start while the Syrians were at the front, so the cops tried to pressure us to leave. Had to tell them politely that we were exercising our democratic right to participate in a public anti-war demo.
    3. Stop the war hacks whining that we should “have our own demos” and stop trying to “hijack” anti-war demos. The fact that Syrians might want to go on a demo about the bombing of their country seemed lost on these people.
    4. Scuffles breaking out between stop the war members and Syrians as the Syrians, rightly pissed off that they were being told to leave the demo, tried to push to the head of the march. Stop the war activists responded by shoving them around and trying to pull their Free Syria flags down. Seeing “anti-war” activists barge into and push around Syrian refugees was pretty disgusting.

    Rees described Syrian dissidents & refugees as “Peter tatchell supporters”. What a twisted world these so-called “ant-imperialists” live in.

    Howard Fuller

    December 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  2. So you are a Syrian Howie.

    I though we were all Charlie.

    I find it odd that some of these people – not Peter but others – who support direct Western military intervention in Syria would try to join a march…..against Western military intervention.

    Perhaps in future you should organise your own demonstration.

    For the moment, for all its well-known faults, the StWC are the only people organising against the UK involvement in an operation amongst whose effects will be to bolster various shades of Islamists.

    Andrew Coates

    December 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  3. I suppose the main thing that stands out about the StWC is that, because they’re essentially Stalinists, they really hate Trotskyists far more than they hate Tories. A *lot* more.

    februarycallendar

    December 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm

  4. Like thousands of others I was on the march and saw nothing of all this – a storm in a sectarian tea cup I suspect. All very positive – open mic at the starting rally where anyone could speak. I suspect pushing in at the front of the march wasn’t the best way of getting your message across. Does anyone really take any notice of John Rees’ instructions?

    Stuart King

    December 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  5. Well I notice that on John Rees’ Facebook page this comment by a woman on Peter Tatchell is still there:

    “He really is a Dick Head…..obsessed with his….”

    Andrew Coates

    December 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm


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