here’s a message from: Stirchley Stop the War


Saturday 3rd january 2009 Assemble 12:30pm Embankment, London, WC2 Nearest tube Embankment.

Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, CND and many other organisations.

also 2pm Parliament Square, London W1(nearest tube – Westminister) 

Book transport now! – Coach from Birmingham leaves 8:30 Carrs Lane. Call (+44) 07721 427690 for tickets (cost £12/£8)  If enough people confirm today then we can book more coaches. Otherwise, please get the train – Chiltern do group discount prices.

message from Tony Benn “The Israeli Government, armed and supported by President Bush, with its savage attack on the people of Gaza now represents the greatest threat to security in the Middle East and the world peace movement is mobilizing on a massive scale to defeat this aggression. I appeal to everyone who can possibly do so to attend the many demonstrations that are being held here so that the British government is left in no doubt as to the strength of opposition there is to this war”
Bring old shoes to the national demonstration – Gordon Brown, cloaking himself in Tony Blair’s mantle, has joined with George Bush in stopping a unanimous call by the United Nations calling on Israel to stop bombing immediately. In the spirit of Iraqi journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi, who used his shoes to protest over George Bush’s war crimes, we are asking protestors to bring old shoes to the national demonstration in London on 3 January to leave at Downing Street and register our disgust at Brown’s action.
Prominent politicians, writers, artists and activists support the demonstration – At a press conference on 2 January, singer Annie Lennox, human rights activist Bianca Jagger, comedian and author Alexei Sayle, Ken Livingstone, Jeremy Corbyn MP, writer Tariq Ali and musician Brian Eno will be representing over 30 organisations who are supporting the Gaza national demonstration.
Keep an eye on the Stop the War coalition website for any details posted there.

2) Birmingham Stop the War Coalition Emergency Public Meeting, Monday 5th January, Committee Rooms 3 & 4, Council House, Victoria Square.  Stop the Bombing of Gaza – Justice for the Palestinians – Speakers Salma Yaqoob and others from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Birmingham Ramallah Twinning Committee.



Book transport now! – Coach from Birmingham leaves 8:30 Carrs Lane. Call (+44) 07721 427690 for tickets (cost £12/£8)  If enough people confirm today then we can book more coaches.

When Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi heaved his two shoes at the head of President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, he did something that the White House press corps should have done years ago.

Al-Zaidi listened to Bush blather that the half-decade of war he had initiated with the illegal invasion of Iraq had been “necessary for US security, Iraqi stability (sic) and world peace” and something just snapped. The television correspondent, who had been kidnapped and held for a while last year by Shiite militants, pulled off a shoe and threw it at Bush—a serious insult in Iraqi culture—and shouted “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!”  When the first shoe missed its target, he grabbed a second shoe and heaved it too, causing the president to duck a second time as al-Zaidi shouted, “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq!”

Other demonstrations in London

    * Thursday 1 January, 2 – 4pm outside Israeli Embassy

    * Friday 2 January 2 – 4 pm outside the Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Street, London, W1K 1DW.

      Call for Egypt to open the border immediately.

Demonstrations round the country

    * Glasgow

      Saturday 3 january 12 noon outside Lloyds TSB St Vincent Street then assemble for demo at Blytheswood Square 1pm.

    * Exeter 

      3 January Bedford Square from noon to 2 pm.

    * Edinburgh

      Saturday 3 January 12 noon. Foot of the mound, Princes Street.

    * Bristol

      Centre, opposite the Hippodrome, Tuesday – Friday 5.00 – 6.00 and Saturday 2pm.

    * Cardiff

      Tuesday 30 december 12 to 1pm. Outside Cardiff market / St John’s church, the Hayes.

      Wednesday 31 December new year vigil. Nye bevan statue, Queen street.

    * Liverpool

      Saturday 3 January, 12 noon steps of St Lukes Church at the top of Bold Street.

    * Norwich

      Saturday 3 January, 12 noon-1pm, opposite the forum.

    * Nottingham

      Tuesday 30 December 12 noon, Market Square.

    * Preston

      4 January, Preston Flag Market, 1.30 pm.

    * Southampton

      Tuesday 30 December 12 to 2pm, West Quay entrance, High Street.

    * Portsmouth

      Saturday 3 January 11am, Guildhall Square Organised by Portsmouth Network for a Just settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition.

    * Hull

      Saturday 3 January, 11am. Queen Victoria Square.

    * Bristol

      Saturday 3 January. Meet on The Centre (opposite the Hippodrome) at 2pm.

    * Tunbridge Wells

      Saturday at 12 noon outside the royal victoria place shopping center in Tunbridge Wells town center.

    * Leeds

      Saturday 3 January March for Gaza – assemble 12.30pm for 1pm outside Leeds Art Gallery, Headrow, Leeds.

    * Manchester

      Saturday 3 January,Assemble: 12 noon All Saints Park, Oxford Road/Cavendish Road, Manchester March through city centre to Albert Square

    * Newcastle

      Sat 3 January 12noon-2pm, Grey’s Monument, Newcastle

    * Swansea

      Saturday 3 January at 13.00 Castle Sqaure

    * York

      Saturday 3 January 1pm St Sampson’s Square, Parliament Street. Join the Facebook event here.

    * Caernarfon

      Saturday 3 January, 11am -1pm,  Morrisons, Caernarfon.

    * Bradford

      Meet 1pm Infirmary Fields, Bradford, march and City Center rally, Saturday 3rd January

    * Sheffield

      Town Hall in Sheffield on Saturday 3rd January 12 Midday

      Called by Sheffield PSC and Sheffield STW

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