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Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 10:26 AM


 Our organisations are deeply concerned at the sudden and apparently arbitary decision by the Royal 
Parks Authority to deny us, as the organisers of the February 15 demonstration against war, access 
to Hyde Park for an end-of-march rally.  We are further concerned that this decision may have been 
taken at government level, which would raise the most fundamental issues regarding the right to 

We believe that the reasons given for this ban are spurious, and that any genuine issues regarding 
public safety could easily be dealt with in discussions between the Parks Authority, the 
Metropolitan Police and ourselves.  To avoid any confusion, we are urging the authority to lift 
this ban without delay and allow plans for the rally - the arrangements for which were first 
discussed with the Parks Authority well before Christmas - to proceed.

We wish to reaffirm that the demonstration on February 15 is going ahead, and that there is no 
question whatsoever of it being cancelled.  It will be a peaceful and democratic protest, 
representing the views and voices of the great majority of the British people, who are against this 
war.  A rally will be held in Central London at the conclusion of the demonstration, and we believe 
that this can and should be in Hyde Park, the more so since no realistic alternative venue has been 
suggested.  February 15 is a worldwide day of protest against the war, and the British people can 
and will be heard in their capital city, as millions will in other capitals around the world.

We urge the government to direct the Parks Authority to lift the ban straight away,  Our 
organisations are ready to continue discussions about any legitimate concerns which the authorities 
or others may wish to raise about the organisation of what may be the largest demonstration in 
London's history.

Andrew Murray                     Chair, Stop the War Coalition

Carol Naughton                      Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Mohammed Sawala   Chair, Muslim Association of Britain

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