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[casi] Children Against the War demonstrate outside US Embassy London 17 11 02

Children Against the War
Demonstrate outside US Embassy 17 November 2002

Children from London, Hastings, and Norwich gathered to oppose
the coming war on Iraq at the third 'Children Against the War'
demonstration, held today, Sunday 17 November, outside the US
Embassy in London, on a grey drizzle of a day.

Alex from Norwich (11 years old), said, 'War is absolutely crazy and
stupid. I hope that weaponsmaking stops by 2004 and the people who
make war will think again.'

Several other children spoke publicly against war, addressing the small
crowd and the US Embassy with a megaphone.

Afterwards, Ruth who is 8 later this month, recited a poem she
learned at school. It is called, 'The general of the army':

Said the general of the army,
'I think that war is barmy.'
So he threw away his gun;
Now he's having much more fun.

Mother Lesley from Norwich said she wanted to meet more children
working for peace, and to go to a child-centred event - because
children are often side-lined. 'I wanted children to realise they have a
responsibility and a say.'

Children Against the War is organised by one Muslim girl, who
celebrated her birthday in Grosvenor Square after the

During the demonstration, Sonia, 7, read out an anti-war speech she
had written earlier (printed as the leaflet handed out on the
demonstration) and  closed the event with a Muslim prayer and a
two-minute silence.

Sonia has called two previous demonstrations, outside Downing
Street and the US Embassy - she and her supporters have publicised
the protests by leafleting mass anti-war demonstrations. Her next
project is a weekly candle-lit vigil outside Downing Street every
Monday evening 5.30-6.30.

Sonia will be standing outside Downing Street at 5.30pm on Monday
2 December (after the Voices in the Wilderness/ARROW 'Warzone
Whitehall' die-in), and for the three succeeding Mondays until 23

This vigil will be supported, as all Children Against the War events
have been, by ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War), a
London-based nonviolent direct action group.

ARROW holds a weekly vigil outside the Foreign Office, on the
corner of King Charles Street and Whitehall every Monday evening
5.30-7pm, opposing economic sanctions and war on Iraq. This vigil has
been held every Monday since July 1991.

Sonia welcomes support from children of all ages during her
December vigils.

More info from ARROW 020 7607 2302

Report by Milan Rai of ARROW

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