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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Demos to mark Iraq war anniversary

Demos to mark Iraq war anniversary: "Anti-war protesters are to mark the third year of the Iraq conflict with calls to bring British troops home from the country.

Union leaders, MPs and anti-war activists will address a rally in London's Trafalgar Square following a march, which will pass the Attorney General's office.

The protest is being organised by the Stop The War Coalition, CND and the Muslim Association of Britain."

Demonstrations against the continued presence of US and British troops in Iraq will be held across the world including Basra, Baghdad, New York, Madrid, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Dublin.

Demos to mark Iraq war anniversary

Organisers said it will be the first time there will be co-ordinated demonstrations in the US, Britain and Iraq.

Lindsey German, Convenor of Stop the War Coalition, said: "We believe that a peaceful solution to the chaos caused by the illegal war in Iraq will only be possible when the occupying foreign armies have all been removed so that the Iraqi people will be free to decide on their own political future.

"Our demonstration is one of over 200 taking place in cities and towns all over the world, including in Basra and Baghdad in Iraq. We will all be united in our call for the occupation to end immediately."

Kate Hudson, chairwoman of CND said there was also "grave concern" about the threat of an attack against Iran.

She said: "The US is making charges about a covert nuclear weapons programme in Iran without presenting any credible evidence. These charges are strikingly similar to the false accusations raised to justify the invasion of Iraq three years ago.

"The Government must listen to the voices of the people, which is calling on them to bring the troops home from Iraq and to solve the Iranian issue peacefully and diplomatically."

Speakers at the London demonstration will include Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, union leaders Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Service union and Bill Hayes of the Communication Workers Union as well as military families whose sons have been killed in Iraq.

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