British peace movement against bombing Syria

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John Rogers reports from Stop the War, Don’t Bomb Syria Protest Downing Street, London 28th November 2015 with Diane Abbott, Owen Jones, George Galloway.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Anti-war feeling grows outside Downing Street

Monday 30th November 2015

Protesters at PM’s quarters to warn against war

ANTI-WAR protesters assembled outside Downing Street at the weekend to call on MPs to “do the right thing” in voting against air strikes on Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

Actor Mark Rylance, musician Brian Eno, former Respect MP George Galloway and Labour MP Diane Abbott joined thousands of demonstrators urging the Commons to reject war when a vote is held.

Demonstrators held placards saying: “Don’t bomb Syria” and “don’t add fuel to the fire.”

The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) organised the traffic-stopping event after Tory Prime Minister David Cameron said he would call a vote on the RAF air strikes as soon as this week.

But Downing Street has said it’s not “putting a timetable on a vote” after Mr Cameron faced tricky questions over his plans from Labour leader and StWC vice-president Jeremy Corbyn and even senior Tory MPs.

Launching air strikes in Syria would “make all [Isis’s] dreams come true,” said Mr Eno.

Bombing Syria would trigger “angry and determined” militants to cause more death and destruction, and would “recruit more desperate young men” to Isis, Mr Rylance told the crowd.

He added: “We need to look more deeply at the causes rather than just blow the place to smithereens.”

Film-maker Ken Loach, comedian Frankie Boyle, Green MP Caroline Lucas, Mr Rylance and Mr Eno were some signatories of an open letter handed to Downing Street, arguing against Britain launching military action in Syria.

It says: “Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased jihadi terrorist organisation around the world.”

Mr Cameron had reportedly been contacting Labour MPs to persuade them to vote for the air strikes, shadow international development secretary Ms Abbott told the crowd.

She also said she was not convinced by the PM’s justifications for air strikes and used war-ravaged countries Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq as examples as to why Britain should not get involved again.

Ms Abbott added: “I believe and I hope under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour MPs in Parliament will do the right thing.”

Meanwhile, smaller anti-war protests were being staged at 20 locations across the country, including Bristol, Coventry, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Swansea and Norwich.

DAVID MORGAN takes a look at the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review – and finds that the Tories are prioritising global power games over keeping this country safe: here.

18 thoughts on “British peace movement against bombing Syria

  1. Monday 30th November 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

    LABOUR’S candidate in the Oldham West & Royton by-election has confirmed he would vote against bombing Syria.

    Jim McMahon made the commitment on Saturday evening in a speech to activists who braved heavy downpours to hit the doors for his campaign.

    The Oldham Council leader is the odds-on favourite to retain the Labour seat on Thursday and could be in Parliament for a vote as soon as Friday morning.

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell joined Mr McMahon for a campaign day which saw 200 activists from across Britain flood the constituency.

    Labour rightwingers have claimed that leader Jeremy Corbyn is unpopular in the constituency.

    But Mr McDonnell rubbished the suggestion yesterday, telling Radio 5 Live Mr Corbyn wasn’t raised with him once.

    “The media will interpret it as a referendum on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership but most of the issues raised were bread-and-butter issues,” he said.

    Mr McDonnell predicted Labour would see off a determined challenge from Ukip, saying: “I think we’re going to win it and I’m hoping we’ll win it well.”

    Momentum, the grassroots activists group formed following Jeremy Corbyn’s election victory, organised free buses to help 150 members take part in Saturday’s campaign day.

    Right-wing faction Labour First claimed last week that Momentum was “harassing and bullying” Labour MPs over Syria instead of taking part in the by-election campaign.

    But Momentum spokesman James Schneider told the Star: “I hope people who are sceptical about us can see now that our aims of making the party more open and participatory can actually help Labour win elections.”


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