Saturday 12th, London|take action: Refugees Welcome Here

Urgent update: 

The following is a message from Stop the War Coalition received on Friday September 11th:

Take action now. Stop further attacks on Syria

The government is desperate to go for a vote for military escalation in Syria. It is currently trying to limit opposition in their own ranks. Meanwhile as Newsnight reported on Tuesday, a number of Labour MPs have already pledged to rebel against Corbyn on the issue should he win.

More Western bombing in Syria will only inflame the situation and increase the level of bitterness against the West. Intervention may well be dressed up in talk about no-fly zones and safe havens. But the war on Libya shows that no fly zones don’t save lives. An estimated 30,000 people died there after the no-fly zones was set up in 2011. They are in fact a prelude to military action. They require assaults on anti-aircraft positions and hostile aircraft. David Cameron has already announced his aim is to destroy Isis AND to remove Assad. Apart from being incoherent, such plans can only mean a commitment to massive military force.

The Tories’ plans are also aimed at destablising a Corbyn-led Labour Party.

Given this new initiative from the Tories, Stop the War is asking all our supporters to lobby their MPs immediately.

You can use the lobbying tool here.

We should also be prepared for an emergency protest should a vote be announced.

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Refugees Welcome Here: Day of Action
National Demonstration 12 September
Assemble Marble Arch 12 Noon
March to Downing Street

David Cameron’s attempt to exploit the refugee crisis as a pretext for UK bombing of Syria is staggering in its cynicism and callousness. Especially considering the fact that Isis militants mostly congregate in heavily populated cities, UK bombing of Syria will inevitably lead to massive civilian casualties and many more refugees. The government is already killing people in Syria, despite having lost the parliamentary mandate to do this following the vote in the House of Commons in 2012.

More than any other European country, Britain bears direct culpability for the current refugee crisis. It has, along with the United States, been the chief architect of the current Middle Eastern inferno of increasing hatred and endless war. Most of the refugees are fleeing from countries Britain has invaded or otherwise militarily destabilised in recent years: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Yet Britain is also among the EU countries with the lowest intake of refugees, and it imposes numerous restrictions and obstacles on people seeking refuge, breaking Article 14 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which states that “everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”. In August 2013 The Migrants’ Files project by European Press found that 30,000 refugees and migrants had died in their attempt to reach Europe since 2000.

Our humanity is bound up with the humanity of the refugees from UK wars. Please do everything you can to support this day of solidarity with refugees. If you want any help or further information, please contact the Stop the War national office.

Email: office@stopwar.org.uk | Tel: 020 7561 4830

March called by: Stop the War Coalition | Solidarity With Refugees | Stand up to Racism | Barac | Migrant Rights Network | People’s Assembly | War on Want | Movement Against Xenophobia | Love Music Hate Racism | Black Out London

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Other ways to help to build pressure against a new war:

  • Lobby your MP now. Use our model letter to write to your MP. It takes two minutes.
  • Participate in the debate by phoning local radio stations.
    • The topic of bombing Syria is likely to loom large this week, especially in radio prime time (around 8-9 am and 5-6 pm).
    • LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation) is a prominent example of a talk radio station (97.3 FM, its telephone number is 0345 60 60 973).
    • BBC Radio 5 Live (AM: 693 kHz, 909 kHz, 990 kHz ) is another major national talk radio station. Its telephone number is 0500 909693.
    • For a list of local BBC radio stations, click here.
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