Wow. What an amazing demo. I’m guessing that I marched alongside 40 – 50,000 other people yesterday, maybe more. The police say 10,000 so, if you go by their usual lying rate, 50k sounds about right. This was part of the World Against War international protest:
Those were the protests (so far, they carry on till the 22nd). Yep, another enormous worldwide day of protest and zero coverage on the telly. Funny that, innit?
This is the route we marched in London:
Now, if it had only been 10,000, as the coppers are saying, could we really have marched across Westminster Bridge, around to Lambeth Bridge and then looked back to see marchers still on the first bridge?
And when the rally assembled in Parliament Square, marchers kept arriving for at least an hour. But, of course, you didn’t see anything about that on the telly either.
Perhaps if we’d all dressed up as Teletubbies or something, the criminally complicit British mass media might have reported another huge antiwar protest? Still, I’m sure a footballer fell over somewhere or some other crucially important news was going on…
The march atmosphere was completely peaceful and positive. This was, in every sense, a peace march. And the rally at Parliament Square was similarly focussed and passionate. The speakers were all moving but, for me, ex-SAS soldier Ben Griffin spoke the most eloquently:
“As of 1940hrs 29/02/08 I have been placed under an injunction preventing me from speaking publicly and publishing material gained as a result of my service in UKSF (SAS).
I will be continuing to collect evidence and opinion on British Involvement in extraordinary rendition, torture, secret detentions, extra judicial detention, use of evidence gained through torture, breaches of the Geneva Conventions, breaches of International Law and failure to abide by our obligations as per UN Convention Against Torture.
I am carrying on regardless.”
(Ben Griffin, source Stop The War)
Think of the sacrifices a soldier like Griffin has had to make to do the right thing. He’s a true British hero. But I doubt he’ll be getting any medals.
Every day, the news from Iraq grows worse and despite the bleatings of war criminals like Bush, Blair and now Brown, we know the truth. As the Red Cross states, in a report issued just today:
Millions of Iraqis have little or no access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare, five years after the US-led invasion, according to the Red Cross.
The Swiss-based agency says Iraq’s humanitarian situation is “among the most critical in the world”.
It warned that despite better security in some areas, millions had been left essentially to fend for themselves.
Some families spend a third of their average monthly wage of $150 (£75) just buying clean water, the report found.
(Source: BBC News)
Of course, that report will be dismissed like every other report pointing out the horror of Iraq. American neocons and British New Labour toads will just ignore the bloodbath. The bloodbath they engineered.
But the truth of the disaster in Iraq, a disaster which the ordinary, peaceful people of the world abhor, continues to unfold. That’s why, in so many countries around the world, we keep marching for peace and freedom.
We’re not going away. We won’t give up.