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of anti-war protesters took part in demonstrations yesterday in London and Glasgow calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.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.
From: The Observer
Lindsey German, of the Stop the War Coalition, said: 'We know that many people are coming to the view that the government is addicted to war.' She added: 'They are planning to renew Trident and Tony Blair is helping George Bush with his star wars project.'
On Friday, relatives of soldiers killed or still serving in Iraq set up camp outside Downing Street to coincide with the protest and handed in a letter to the Prime Minister calling for troops to be withdrawn.