Vigil for imprisoned anti-war Catholic priest

Vigil for imprisoned anti-war Catholic priest

Members of the London Catholic Worker group are organising another vigil outside Wandsworth prison tomorrow (Saturday 22 March 2014), from 1-4 pm, in support of imprisoned peace and anti-war activist Martin Newell, a Catholic priest from east London.

Fr Newell was arrested after daubing a message in ash on the Ministry of Defence building in central London on Ash Wednesday, the traditional day of repentance (saying sorry and turning to head in a new direction) in the Christian calendar.

He has subsequently been sentenced to 28 days in prison for non-payment of fines arising from a variety of nonviolent peace protests against war and war preparations.

The nearest mainline rail station to HMP Wandsworth is Clapham Junction. Take bus number 77 or 219 from outside Debenhams. The prison is also not far from Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common underground stations.

An organiser told Ekklesia: "The emphasis of the vigils will be opposition to the Trident nuclear weapons system, since that is what Martin was protesting against when he was arrested on Friday. We will be standing outside the main entrance."

Messages of support can be sent to the prisoner at the following address:

Fr Martin Newell
A5201CJ
HMP Wandsworth
PO Box 757
Heathfield Road
London SW18 3HS

* Catholic priest is imprisoned for peace protests: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20272

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