London hosts 20-mile walk for peace

By staff writers
October 17, 2009

Campaigners are walking 20 miles across London this weekend (17-18 October) to promote the cause of peace and nonviolence. They began at the NATO site in Northwood, Middlesex and will finish at the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park.

Their walk forms part of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, a three-month global initiative taking place between October and January.

Visitors to Speakers' Corner will see a highlight of the walk at 2.00pm on Sunday (18 October) with a half-hour play written and directed by Charlie Wiseman.

“I was thrilled when I heard about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence,” said Daniel Viesnik, 34, of north London. He described it as “a fantastic initiative to unite people of all nations striving for a society based on love, peace and justice”.

He explained, “I believe in the transformative power of people united in positive thought and action and wanted to encourage participation in this inspiring project”.

Supporters of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The London walk has been backed by local Labour MP John McDonnell and London's Green MEP Jean Lambert.

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