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(en) Freedom 6404 22 Feb, 2003 - Scots expose sham

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:29:50 +0100 (CET)

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Edinburgh's parliament was temporarily reclaimed on
13th February, when First Minister Jack McConnell's
Question Time was interrupted three times.
Anarchists and allied anti-war protesters heckled their
'representatives' over the Scottish Executive's lack of
interest in the wishes of the Scottish people,
exemplified by Labour's support of the war on Iraq.
Presiding Officer David Steel could only bluster his
indignation as protesters shouted anti-war slogans and
denounced the unrepresentative and powerless sham.
McConnell at first ignored the protests, but after the
third interruption he had the cheek to suggest that
neo-Labour were handling the 'terrorist threat' in an
acceptable way. Such statements are nothing new from
the First Minister. Earlier in the proceedings he'd
attacked the Scottish National Party for taking an
anti-war stance, one shared by the majority of the
Scottish people.

In fact, none of the political parties came out of the
day's events looking good. Three times the protesters
asked Members of the Scottish Parliament who
supported them to stand up and say so. Every single
politico ignored their requests. Tommy Sheridan,
leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, was personally
asked to stand up as he's been so outspoken against
the war. His response? "Sit down, boy."

Not that this was possible for the protesters, who were
'asked to leave' by security and had their details taken
by the police. Anarchists who took part in the protest
said the parliament had no right to speak in their
name and silence their protests.
Glasgow anarchists

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