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ANTI-BOMBING VIGILS/DEMONSTRATIONS AROUND THE UK - update




VIGILS/DEMONSTRATIONS AROUND THE UK - update
(n.b. a 3rd round of airstrikes for tonight has just been confirmed)

In this message:

Details of Friday and/or Saturday demos/vigils in:
 Cambridge
 London
 Manchester
 Lancaster
 Edinburgh
 Liverpool
 Sheffield
 Saturday Anti-War planning meeting in London

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CAMBRIDGE
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There will be a vigil 6-7pm Friday, Market Square, Cambridge. Bring
candles, placards.

A similar vigil was held yesterday, attended by 50-60 people and featured
on local TV and radio news. The media will also attend tonight's vigil, so
please come along to boost numbers.

more info from Colin Rowat, 0468 056984

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LONDON
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END THE BOMBING OF IRAQ! Details of London demonstrations

Demonstrate opposite Downing Street:

Friday December 18,  6.00 - 7.30 p.m.

Saturday December 19,  1.00 - 2.00 p.m.

These demonstrations are supported by:

Individuals and organisations under the auspices of the NATIONAL PEACE
COUNCIL (NPC)

Branches of the CAMPAIGN FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT (CND)

EMERGENCY COMMITTEE ON IRAQ (EIC)

In association with
Non-Violent Resistance Network (NVRN)
Active Resistance to the Roots of War (ARROW)
Campaign Against Sanctions and War on Iraq (CASWI)

These details are issued by the
Campaign Against Sanctions and War on Iraq (CASWI)
Phone inquiries:
0171 436 4636
e-mail: justice@easynet.co.uk

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MANCHESTER
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Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 23:46:44 -0000
From: Bruce Robinson <bruce.rob@btinternet.com>
Subject: Iraq demo in Manchester

There will be a demonstration on Saturday in Manchester against the bombing
of Iraq starting at 1pm from Platt Fields Park and marching into the city
centre.

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Bruce Robinson
1 Cundiff Road
Manchester M21 8FS
UK
Phone: 0161 861 7160
Email: bruce.rob@btinternet.com
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LANCASTER
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there is going to be a 'Silent Witness'
demonstration against the bombing of Baghdad this Sat. at 11.00 am in
Market Square......

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EDINBURGH
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UPCOMING ANTI WAR ACTIVITIES IN EDINBURGH
We've been told about the following activities against the bombing of Iraq
happening soon

FRIDAY 18 DEC.
1pm United States consulate,  3 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh
Handing in letter of protest etc  Organised by CND

SAT 19 DEC.
12 noon at foot of The Mound, Princes St., Edinburgh.  Hopefully this will
be quite big and hopefully there will be a march.

PLEASE TRY AND COME ALONG AND PASS THE WORD

The Edinburgh USA Consulate tel no is 0131 556 8315.
There is an Armed Forces Recruitment office in Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.
The last time we passed by we noticed it had been decorated with anti war
stickers and grafitti.

ANTI WAR PROTEST ON THURSDAY 17 DEC.
About 50 people gathered at the Mound in the centre of Edinburgh to
protest, displaying placards.  There was a good turn-out of folk involved
in and associated with ACE.

OPPOSITION WORLD-WIDE
E mails are arriving at ACE indicating anti war protest world-wide, so far
we've reports of demos in London, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and in
virtually every state in the USA.  Check out a-infos http://www.ainfos.ca/

Please let us know of anti war activity in other areas, send any leaflets,
posters etc to ACE, 17 W. Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA, Scotland or
e mail us.

We have some copies of a Direct Action poster from the gulf war, NO WAR
BUT
THE CLASS WAR, which is still good to use.

Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh 0131 557 6242 - we hope to update future
anti war activity on the ansaphone.

Autonomous Centre
http://www.punk.org.uk/ace/

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LIVERPOOL
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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 10:12:31 +0000 (GMT)
From: Barbara Ann Bryan <babryan@liverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: Stop Bombing Iraq demonstration, Liverpool City Centre

There is to be a demonstration at St George's Plateau, St 
George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool at 12 noon on 
Saturday 19th December. It is hoped that there will be 
speakers.

There were between 30 and 40 protesters in Liverpool City 
Centre last night (Thursday), competing with carol singers 
and all kinds of other festive chaos. Despite that, 
approximately 600 signatures were collected,opposing the 
war against Iraq. We handed out leaflets and carried 
placards. There was a lot of positive reaction from late 
night shoppers.

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SHEFFIELD:
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From johnsmith@gn.apc.org Thu Dec 17 13:07:02 1998

Bombardment of Iraq

Public protests: Thursday and Friday evening, from 5.00 - 6.30, and
Saturday 12.00  - 2.00
*In front of Sheffield Town Hall.*

As you read this, US and UK military forces are raining death on the
people of Iraq. Presumably, this bombardment is the same one narrowly
averted on November 14th, which the Pentagon's "mid-range estimate" said
would kill 10,000 people. Their names will be added to the 200,000
killed during the 1991 blitz, and the 1.5 million Iraqis who have been
killed by UN sanctions since 1990.
Three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council; Russia,
France and China; have respectively "condemned", "deplored", and
"criticised" the US/UK action.

The ONLY thing in Tony Blair's statement on the steps of #10 which we
can agree with:
"We have no choice but to act".

Sheffield Campaign Against War in the Gulf and Sheffield Trades Council
have called a public protest this [Thursday] evening, from 5.00 ^ 6.30
outside the Town Hall. Please come along. Bring candles, placards,
friends. We are going to do the same thing on Friday evening , same time
same place, since we expect that they will be bombing Iraq right through
today and tomorrow and the next day.
On Saturday, there'll be another protest, at 12.00 at the top of
Fargate, where we shall leaflet and petition and talk to people, and be
a public presence of our incipient but growing anti-war movement.
Can a few students get together to hand out some leaflets? E-mail a
reply and we'll get some leaflets to you.


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LONDON ANTI-WAR PLANNING MEETING (see above for London Demos)
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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 05:27:18 
From: Housmans Peace Resource Project <worldpeace@gn.apc.org>
Subject: IRAQ ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATION PLANNING

        Thursday night 17 December 1998
        [later - to supplementary list]


Dear friends

    *** PLEASE network this information, and not only via e-mail!!

At this evening's demonstrations in Whitehall against the bombing 
of Iraq, a group agreed to meet at the weekend to consider ideas 
for nonviolent actions in Britain, and especially in the London 
area, which go beyond just standing on a pavement.  (This isn't 
meant to imply that no-one has done or is doing other actions - 
they have and they are!  But we want to provide a more open forum 
to look at such ideas and to involve more people if possible.)

A group is meeting --

 at 3pm on Saturday (after the Saturday Whitehall demonstrations)

 in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.

(Walk over Westminster Bridge or over Hungerford Footbridge - by 
Embankment Underground station - if you're coming straight from 
the demonstrations.)

Go to the very top floor of the Festival Hall, on the side of the 
building nearest the river, and you'll find a little-used area 
overlooking the river, away from the crowds.  (You can bring cups 
of tea etc up there from the cafes on the floors below.)

Please bring ideas!  Actions COULD include various types of 
demonstration at the UK war command bunker in Northwood, on the 
north-west edge of London, similar to the events there last 
February when there was a threat of attacks on Iraq.  But that's 
just one idea - if you think this is not the best, or only, 
possible action (or you don't like that idea at all), please come 
anyway.

NOTES:

1)  If you are passing this information by e-mail to others who 
might not be receiving it directly, feel free to send in their 
address (to <worldpeace@gn.apc.org>) so they can be added to the 
list to receive further news.

2)  If you want to feed ideas into Saturday's meeting or want to 
find out about plans afterwards, e-mail as soon as possible to 
<worldpeace@gn.apc.org>, putting "URGENT - IRAQ DEMO PLANNING" in 
the subject line.  But, please DO NOT ASSUME that this e-mail 
address is a contact point for action planning beyond the next 
few days.

3)  Many apologies that at present there is no place to reply to 
other than an e-mail address - a contact address & phone number 
will have to be agreed at Saturday's meeting if an on-going 
planning group emerges then.

4)  To anyone receiving this information who can't make 
Saturday's meeting and who doesn't have e-mail access:  phone one 
of the main peace movement offices in London to see if they have 
news.  Or, to be on a phone tree to receive information in 
parallel with the e-mail list, please send in your phone number 
by writing via:  Campaign to Demilitarise Northwood, c/o 5 
Caledonian Road, London N1.







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