Serving soldiers to join march against Afghan war

By staff writers
October 23, 2009

Campaigners from across the country will join with serving soldiers and military families tomorrow (24 October) to call for an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Amongst those leading the anti-war march in London will be Joe Glenton, a serving soldier facing court martial for refusing to return to Afghanistan, and Paul McGurk, who last month left the army because he could no longer continue fighting in what he sees as an unjustifiable war.

They will be joined by Peter Brierley, who refused to shake Tony Blair's hand in Westminster Abbey, because it "has my son's blood on it".

The demonstration, called by the Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the British Muslim Initiative, is expected to attract thousands of people calling for troops to be brought home.

CND said today that “The majority of the British public know that the presence of foreign soldiers is no answer to the complex problems of Afghanistan”.

The campaigners will march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square at 1.00pm, before reading out the names of people killed in Afghanistan.

"The war in Afghanistan has no clear war aims, is clearly escalating and spinning out of control and can only impact on Pakistan and the whole of South Asia” said Jeremy Corbyn MP, “NATO forces have been in Afghanistan for eight years and the result appears to be increased drug production, high levels of corruption and terrible losses of life on all sides, civilian and military”.

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