London and Edinburgh protests planned against military action in Syria

London and Edinburgh protests planned against military action in Syria

By staff writers
28 Aug 2013

The Stop the War Coalition in the UK has called a protest in London today (Tuesday 28 August) against western military intervention in Syria.

The demonstration is scheduled for 5 - 7pm at Downing Street, Westminster.

There is also an Edinburgh Stop The War protest, at the east end of Princes Street in the Scottish capital, on the same day at 5.30pm.

Demonstrations across the British Isles are beginning to be organised, campaigners say.

The Coalition declared today: "Britain, France and the US are committing to another disastrous military intervention. Apart from the inevitable casualties, any attack on Syria can only inflame an already disastrous civil war and would risk pulling in regional powers further."

"Most people in this country have learnt from the disasters of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. According to a Telegraph/YouGuv poll on Sunday only nine percent of the British public would support troops being sent to Syria, and only 16 per cent support sending more arms to the region.

"Our politicians, however, have learnt nothing. We need the maximum level of protest to stop them plunging us in to yet another catastrophic war."

There will be a further protest at the weekend, the Stop the War Coalition says.

* Join the Facebook event for 28 August here: https://www.facebook.com/events/422724327838644

* Stop the War Coalition: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

* 'Syria: what lies behind the clamour for military strikes?', by Simon Barrow, Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18911

* More on Syria from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/syria

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