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A somewhat mutilated version of the following letter appeared in today's (3rd August) Guardian. I've included the latest info. on the die-in below the letter-text. Green MEP Caroline Lucas (who was arrested at Faslane last year, protesting about Trident) will be risking arrest at Monday's Die-in. Best wishes, Gabriel. voices uk %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% August 6th will be the 10th anniversary of the imposition of economic sanctions on Iraq. Over the last decade, literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children have died as a result of these sanctions. The BBC’s John Simpson recently commented that ‘If people could hear and see what is being done in their names in Iraq, they would be outraged. But they don’t, so it continues.’ On Monday 7th August, there will be an act of mass nonviolent civil disobedience outside the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to demand an immediate and unconditional end to the economic sanctions. People from all over Britain will be there to say “no” to the violence being perpetrated by the British Government against ordinary men, women and children in Iraq. We agree with John Simpson, and are ourselves outraged at the continuation of sanctions and the concomitant suffering and death of people in Iraq. We fully endorse the action on August 7th and urge others who are similarly concerned to add their voices to the protest. Benjamin Zephaniah Caroline Lucas MEP Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales Jean Dreze Harold Pinter Andy de la Tour Geoff Simons Nabil Shaban Jeremy Hardy Bruce Kent %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% ANTI-SANCTIONS EVENTS IN LONDON, 5TH AUGUST - 7TH AUGUST a) August 5th : Sat Aug 5, 7.30pm. Informal celebration of the anti-sanctions movement. Torriano Meeting House, Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town London NW5. b) Sun Aug 6, 1-3pm. Vigil against sanctions on Iraq. Opposite Downing Street, Whitehall. c) Sun Aug 6, 5-9pm. Nonviolence and legal training for action on Aug 7. London School of Economics, Houghton St, WC2. d) DIE-IN FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ to mark the 10th anniversary of the imposition of economic sanctions on Iraq. MEET : 12 NOON, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, MONDAY 7TH AUGUST 2000 Mass act of nonviolent civil disobedience in Whitehall. Similar acts of nonviolent resistance will be taking place in Coulport and Washington D.C. PLEASE COME TO LONDON ON AUGUST 7TH TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, AND YOUR OPPOSITION TO BRITISH GOVERNMENT POLICY. Whilst the action will involve nonviolent civil disobedience, there will be other roles for those not wishing to risk arrest. SPONSORED BY : Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales Felicity Arbuthnot Bruce Kent Harold Pinter Nabil Shaban Jeremy Hardy Jean Dreze Denis Halliday Alice Mahon MP Andy de la Tour Chumbawamba Mark Thomas Geoff Simons Alan Simpson MP Benjamin Zephaniah Caroline Lucas MEP and CND Cymru CADU Red Pepper Peace News Musicians Against Nuclear Arms CASI (Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq) Northern Friends Peace Board Seize the Day Kingston Peace Council Baptist Peace Fellowship Institute for Independence Studies Nipponzan Myohoji - Milton Keynes and London Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) Islington Green Party Youth Action for Peace UK Congregational Peace Fellowship Exeter CND Saddleworth Peace Movement Catholic Peace Action Action for UN Renewal Lewes CND Wokingham Peace Group Women in Black Pax Christi Arrow Finchley and Barnet CND Finchley and District Peace Campaign National Assembly of Women, West London branch Coventry Peace House London Region CND Musicians Against Nuclear Arms Northern Friends Peace Board Chiltern Peace and Justice Group Faslane Peace Camp Iona affinity group, TP2000 Suffolk CND Wallasey CND West Midlands CND Brighton and Hove Green Party voices in the wilderness uk Merseyside CND Merseyside Peace Council Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (UK) -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi