no war with Iran: protests taking place across the country

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The following statement from Stop the War Coalition was recieved today:

The assassination of Qasem Soleimani last week has made the world a more dangerous place. That is the only conclusion we can draw from the further threats by Donald Trump to attack Iranian sites, including cultural ones, and now the retaliation by Iran with missile strikes on US bases. We do not know what further escalation there may be but we do know that any war in the Middle East will have a deadly impact on the ordinary people there.

Trump’s behaviour has frightened even many of those close to him, but it is clear from the response of Boris Johnson that the British government is also terrified of offending Trump. We can therefore expect Johnson to follow the line, as when he justified keeping British troops in Iraq.

The demonstration in London on Saturday, which is co-organised by CND, and those taking place across the country are vital in rejecting our government’s policy and in asserting opposition to yet another disastrous intervention in the Middle East

We must do everything we can to oppose war with Iran and attacks on Iraq. This begins with a public meeting tonight (8th Jan) in London and a demonstration on Saturday.

On Saturday, we are marching from the BBC (Portland Place) to Trafalgar Square where the demonstration will be addressed by a wide range of speakers including Stop the War President Brian Eno and Joe Glenton from Veterans for Peace alongside Iranian and Iraqi speakers as well as notable Labour Party figures including Diane Abbott. Please do everything you can to get along to the demonstration and spread the word amongst family, friends and colleagues.

We also need volunteers to help out with stewarding and facilitating the demo. If you can help please email office@stopwar.org.uk as soon as possible.

Here is a list of protests and events taking place across the UK:
·  08 Jan | Cardiff | No War with Iran!
·  09 Jan | Birmingham | No War With Iran, US/UK Troops Out Of Iraq – Protest
·  09 Jan | Edinburgh | No to War on Iran Vigil
·  11 Jan | Chesterfield | No War on Iran
·  11 Jan | Manchester | No War with Iran
·  11 Jan | Newcastle | Don’t Attack Iran Rally
·  11 Jan | Liverpool | Don’t Attack Iran
·  11 Jan |Bristol | Don’t Attack Iran: Protest at Donald Trump’s Act of War
·  11 Jan | Sheffield | No War With Iran
·  12 Jan | Bradford | No War with Iran – Demonstration
·  18 Jan | Swansea | Don’t Attack Iran: Protest at Donald Trump’s Act of War
·  18 Jan | Canterbury | No War on Iran
·  19 Jan | Warrington | No War With Iran

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Update:

We are pleased to announce that our former Chair and leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will be speaking at the ‘No War on Iran’ demonstration taking place this Saturday in Central London. He has been steadfast in his condemnation of Donald Trump’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani and US aggression towards Iran more widely, as he has been for the past decade and more.

The demonstration in London on Saturday, which is co-organised by CND, and those taking place across the country are vital in rejecting our government’s policy and in asserting opposition to yet another disastrous intervention in the Middle East. Please do everything you can to get along to the demonstration and spread the word amongst family, friends and colleagues.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at London’s ‘No War on Iran’ rally:

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4 responses to “no war with Iran: protests taking place across the country

  1. Have written a very cross email to my tory MP Philip Dunne – much good may it do me. Suggested that rather than being a vassal state of the US, the UK might instead – if it truly wants to be great – set an example by promoting international cooperation rather than joining the race to the bottom, spreading death, destruction and misery to millions.

    And apart from that here’s wishing you a Happy New Year, James!

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    • Great stuff – indeed, you have made me think I should follow your fine example and write to my own MP (who has many faults but thankfully isn’t a Tory!) If his inbox is overflowing with hundreds emails from constituents, it would certainly concentrate the mind a bit. Happy New Year to you in return – let’s pray that it eventually gets better.

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      • Just sent the following letter to Paul Blomfield:

        Dear Paul,

        President Trump has been heading for war with Iran ever since tearing up the JCPOA nuclear deal and imposing unjust economic sanctions that are causing great suffering to the Iranian people. The assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an overt act of war that violates international law and all agreements with the Iraqi government. If Trump’s ongoing policy of increased sanctions and provocation succeeds, he will create a bigger war than we have seen in the Middle East and one that is likely to draw in major players across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia.

        I am writing to express my deep concern about current US policy and to ask you to do everything you can to oppose war with Iran and further attacks on Iraq.

        Kind regards,

        James Boswell

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      • I received the following reply yesterday:

        Dear James,

        Thanks for your email on Iran and sorry not to have been able to reply sooner.

        I’ve been following the situation closely and it is deeply worrying. The drone strike was clearly unlawful, and Trump’s approach to diplomacy and foreign policy continues to destabilise international politics, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

        In a recent Urgent Question in Parliament, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Office Minister Fabian Hamilton challenged the Government, saying:

        “The question we must all ask, and which I ask the Foreign Secretary today, is: where do we go from here? Ever since Donald Trump started to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, we have been on a path to this point. With the strategy of engagement from the so-called moderates in Iran now discredited and abandoned, and with the hardliners firmly back in charge in Tehran and an equally unpredictable, trigger-happy President in the White House, we are just one more mistake or miscalculation away from brinkmanship tipping over into war. What action is the Foreign Secretary taking to ensure a permanent de-escalation of the tension, rather than an inexorable drift towards war?”

        The Foreign Secretary confirmed that he has been emphasising the absolute importance of de-escalating the tensions, yet we also hear Boris Johnson’s worrying announcement that he might abandon the existing deal with Iran and join with the “Trump deal” instead. I’ll continue to monitor the situation and, with colleagues, do everything possible to avoid an escalation.

        With best wishes,

        Paul

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