20 Sep 2009
Afghanistan stop the war demo 24th October
Just had this from Stop the War
Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is growing, even among
those who have till now supported it as the 'good war'.
Leading Democrats in the United States are trying to stop
Obama sending more troops, with his Afghanistan commander
General McChrystal rumoured to be asking for an increase of
The rigged election in Afghanistan puts the lie to any idea
that NATO forces are bringing progress to the country. The
fast rising rate of US and British soldiers dying has forced
politicians and military commanders alike to admit that they
are not "winning" the war.
Opinion polls in Britain and the US show that people no longer
believe the war serves any purpose. Even the tabloid media is
having to reflect the growing discontent.
Stop the War's intensified campaign to bring the troops home
is getting a tremendous response across the county. 600 people
packed an anti war rally in Liverpool this week. Everywhere we
have leafleted in towns and cities, the response to the
anti-war message has been very encouraging.
The more visible and active we make our campaign, as the
situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, the greater
will be the pressure on politicians to do what most people in
this country want: bring the troops home, particularly when
we're just months away from a general election.
We need to ensure that this groundswell of anti-war feeling is
translated into the biggest possible demonstration in London
on Saturday 24 October. (SEE http://stopwar.org.uk )
Stop the War has begun posting details of local BRING THE
TROOPS HOME meetings taking place across the country, in the
build up to the national demonstration. Details will be
published as we get them on our local events webpage:
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
* Collect signatures for the Troops Out petition in your
street/estate, workplace, college, trade union etc. Download
* Display an October 24 demonstration poster in your window;
* Email your friends and use networks such as Facebook and
Twitter to publicise the demonstration;
* Get involved with your local Stop the War group (our
national office will provide contact details);
FOR LEAFLETS, STICKERS AND POSTERS CONTACT THE STOP THE WAR
PHONE: 0207801 2768
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