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(en) Freedom 6321 Nov 2nd 2002 - Glasgow

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Date Sat, 23 Nov 2002 16:34:38 -0500 (EST)

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At least 20,000 people brought the city to a standstill on 19th
October, with a march of protest against the threatened attack
on Iraq. Several activists described the march as the biggest
peace demonstration ever seen in Scotland, and they said it
would send a clear signal to warmongers in London and
Washington that they'd be acting without popular support if
an attack went ahead. Starting round the city from the four
points of the compass, marchers converged on George Square
at the start of a sunny and pleasant autumn afternoon.
City centre traffic was halted as the marchers gathered in the
square. Later on, an impromptu sit-down was held outside the
main army recruitment office on Queen Street. Several
activists also went inside. Anarchists in Glasgow said that
protesters had come from all over Scotland, as well as from
England's North East, to take part. "There's a clear message
for Tony Blair," said one. "The people of Glasgow and of
Scotland don't want his precious war. Bush is going to kill
thousands of innocent people, but he can't do it in our name."
Several participants said they were pleased to see active trade
unions involvement. As the marchers rallied in George
Square, banners were visible from the FBU, UCATT, Unison,
T&G and GPMU among others. Unison was one of the
event's sponsors, alongside Scottish CND and the Marxists of
the Stop the War Coalition.
The demo on 19th October was preceded by a week-long
'peace vigil' in George Square. It came just a fortnight after
the march in London that saw 400,000 protesters turn out.
Nearly two thousand Scots were thought to have travelled
south on that occasion. Over 1,500 people in Scotland have so
far pledged to break the law if an attack is launched.

Meet in George Square, midday on the first Saturday after
attacks begin
For details of the Non-Violent Direct Action Pledge, contact
Scottish CND on 0141-423 1222

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