Thousands take part in anti-war rallies
Thousands of anti-war protesters took part in demonstrations yesterday in London and Glasgow calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.
Among the activists and military families who took to the streets were politicians and entertainers. Comedian Mark Thomas and playwright David Edgar were expected to speak at a rally in Trafalgar Square. The Stop the War coalition, which organised the event, along with CND and the British Muslim Initiative, estimated that around 100,000 participated in London. The Metropolitan Police estimated about 2,000-3,000 took part. The protest also demonstrated against the replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system and warned against attacking Iran.
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An estimated 1,000 protesters joined the demonstration in Glasgow calling for the Trident nuclear weapon system to be ditched.
From: Press Association
Greenpeace flotilla blockades nuclear base
Seven Greenpeace boats left Greenock this morning to blockade the
Trident nuclear submarine at its Scottish base in response to Tony
Blair's determination to start building the next generation of British
Tony Blair is rushing through a vote in parliament next month to build a replacement for Trident - a new generation of nuclear weapons. The outcome of the vote will have severe implications not just for the UK, but also for the rest of the world.
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UN nuclear watchdog calls Trident hypocritical
Britain cannot expect other countries to refrain from acquiring nuclear weapons if it upgrades the Trident deterrent, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday.
Mohammed ElBaradei, who has led the United Nations' nuclear watchdog for 10 years, cast doubt on his own moral authority in seeking to curb the ambitions of countries like Iran, suspected of seeking nuclear weapons.
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