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Press release 19th February 2003 Voices in the Wilderness UK 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 Anti war activists on trial Monday 9 anti war actvists will appear at Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, London Monday 24th February charged with highway obstruction after taking part in Warzone Whitehall, a mass die in against sanctions and the proposed attack on Iraq. The activists, who are all expected to plead not guilty, were among 35 arrested at the action on December 2nd, attended by about 300 people, blocking Whitehall for several hours. The trial is due to start at 10am The activists on trial are Josephine Donagh (Oxford), Sylvia Boyes (Keighley), Olivia Agate (Yorkshire), Josh Robinson (Cambridge), Nick Gill (Cambridge), Lucy Lucy (London), Genny Bove (Wrexham), Liz Yates (Maidstone), David Polden (London) and Richard Rippon (Cambridge). David Polden, 61, of anti war group ARROW, said "Warzone Whitehall was a taste of what the British Government can expect if they launch a full scale war on Iraq. Over 5000 people have signed a pledge (1) to take part in or support nonviolent direct action in the event of an escalation in the US/UK war on Iraq. If we are to stop this war, we need to strengthen our dissent into nonviolent direct action." 70 activists were arrested at Northwood, Britain's military HQ on January 19th at Disrupot the Masters of War, a blockade of the base organised by Voices, ARROW and the D10 Group. Dozens of activists were arrested at an anti war sitdown in Picadilly Circus following the massive anti war march on Saturday 15 February. Most were subsequently de arrested, either on the pavement or at the police station but at least 4 have been charged and bailed to appear at Bow St Magistrates at 10.30 am Tuesday February 25th. (1) see www.j-n-v.org and http://www.banthebomb.org/peace/ for details sign the pledge of resistance to the "war on terrorism" www.j-n-v.org _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk