This video from Britain is called Joe Glenton – Serving soldier defies orders to speak out on Afghan war.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Tuesday 10 November 2009
by Jonathan Paige
Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton has been arrested. The lance corporal already faces charges for desertion and has been charged with five more offences after he spoke out opposing British troops in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Glenton, 27, joined the army in 2004 and went absent without leave in 2007 for two years. He has been charged with leading the anti-war demo on October 24 and speaking to the press in defiance of orders. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for 10 years – on top of the three to four years he’ll get if his desertion charge is upheld.
Lindsey German of the Stop The War Coalition said: “This is not about breach of military regulations. In the last few days a range of military personnel have been speaking in the media in defence of this appalling war. I doubt any of them have been arrested.
“This is about the persecution of a soldier who believes in telling the truth in accordance with his conscience. He is saying what the majority of the population believe; this war is unwinnable and immoral.
“The anti-war movement will be doing everything possible to get Joe released,” she added.
EMERGENCY PROTEST AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE: If you live in London, please try to join the protest on Thursday 12 November, 5pm, at the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall (opposite Downing Street).
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