The United Kingdom’s military existence in Iraq may come to an end and the latest withdrawal announcement can be interpreted as “Tony Blair conceded the defeat”, as AlterNet put the matter. But it seems, many British activists don’t believe the government’s sincerity about Iraq. Today, thousands of demonstrators gathered in London and repeated their demands aloud once more, showing the peace suppporters’ determination: “Pull all the British troops out of Iraq immediately!” Many of the organizers of the protest demonstration mentioned their worries and concerns about Afghanistan too. For some, “The government became addicted to war” and even if it plans to pull out of Iraq, they are preparing new troops to send Afghanistan. AFP reports:
clipped from news.yahoo.com
LONDON (AFP) – Thousands of people demonstrated in central London on Saturday calling for British troops to be pulled out of
Iraq, the largest such protest for several years.
Protestors brandishing banners marched from Hyde Park to fill Trafalgar Square for a rally featuring politicians, entertainers and the families of some of the 132 British soldiers who have died since the 2003 invasion.
Defence Secretary Des Browne is poised to announce Monday that up to 1,000 more troops will be heading to
Lindsey German, of march organisers Stop The War Coalition, said that marchers were also opposed to plans to replace the Trident nuclear deterrent.
“We know that many people are coming to the view that the government is addicted to war,” she added.
“There could be some withdrawn from Iraq, but there are more in Afghanistan.”