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(en) Freedom 6404 22 Feb, 2003 - Making the point

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:30:27 +0100 (CET)

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Around 320 people marched through the town centre
on 8th February to protest against the prospect of war
on Iraq. The event was organised by Worthing Against
War, a new group that was only set up in January. The
turnout vastly exceeded the group's expectations. A
representative said, "the response has been
phenomenal. We realised that opinion in Worthing was
thoroughly against the war, but we didn't realise just
how strongly felt the opposition was. We spoke to
several people who said they'd never taken part in a
demonstration in their lives before this."

Local people from all walks of life and of all ages
joined the colourful protest, which began with a rally in
Montague Place. Shoppers gathered to listen as
speakers from the group dismissed the case for war put
forward by Tony Blair and George Bush. Worthing
people were urged to travel to London for the anti-war
march on 15th February, and in the event many of
them did so. But they were also urged to continue the
struggle against war in whatever way they could in
their everyday lives.

Following forty minutes of speeches and songs, the
protesters headed along Montague Street and South
Street to the War Memorial in Chapel Road, with
chants of 'peace, not war' ringing out. At the memorial,
a wreath was laid in honour of all those who've died in
past wars and of those who'll die in future wars -
including the half million men, women and children
the United Nations has estimated will die if Iraq is

Worthing Against War
The next group meeting is at 7.45pm on Tuesday 4th
March at the Downview pub in Tarring Road.

Six activists chained themselves to the gates of
Downing Street on a Valentine's Day protest. After
they'd put their arms through the railings, they locked
themselves on to a pink metal heart. Firefighters who
were called to cut them free insisted they weren't a
danger to anyone and went away again. One protester,
Kathryn Tulip, said "we're trying to send a message to
Tony Blair. He should stop his love affair with George

West Sussex
There was also a Valentine's Day protest in Brighton,
when activists from Sussex Action for Peace gathered
outside the Churchill Square shopping centre to give
out hand-made hearts with the message, 'make love
not war'.

An impromptu peace vigil in the city centre attracted
over 2,000 people.

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