January 20, 2009

National Demonstration SATURDAY 24 JANUARY (note the change of start venue) and other things

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DEMONSTRATE FOR GAZA   END THE BLOCKADE: STOP ARMS SALES TO ISRAEL: FREE PALESTINE   BRING THE WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE  

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY

 ASSEMBLE 2.00PM  

There will be a rally with speakers in Portland Place from 2pm before the demonstration sets off.
The demonstration will leave for Downing Street at 3pm.
Details will be posted on the Stop the War website as we   receive them.
Coach drop off point on Saturday will be in  Marylebone Road at the top of Portland Place. The pickup point  after the demonstration will be Victoria Embankment.

BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE, PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1A 1AA   

MARCH TO DOWNING STREET  

Nearest tubes: Great Portland Street, Regents park.

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GORDON BROWN’S DINNER WITH WAR CRIMINALS

The demonstration this Saturday 24 January will march to   Downing Street, calling for the lifting of the Gaza blockade, an end to all arms sales to Israel and for Israel to be made   to pay for its war crimes. We will also be registering our disgust over Gordon Brown’s   support for Israel following its barbaric attack.

The day after the massacre was ended – so as not to spoil Barack   Obama’s inauguration with pictures of phosphorous bombs dropping on UN schools in Gaza – Brown rushed off to join five other heads of government for a celebratory gala dinner at the  Jerusalem home of Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert,  alongside Olmert’s compatriots in mass murder, defence minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

“Thank you for demonstrating your impressive support for the State of Israel”, said Olmert, “This is in the supreme  interest of all those who fight the forces of evil,” among whom he no doubt meant the 450 children in Gaza killed by Israel over the past three weeks.

To which Brown replied, without a sliver of irony, “The task  before us is…an end to arms trafficking.” Not of course the arms trafficking which makes Israel the fourth most powerful military in the world, able to use the most advanced weapons of mass slaughter to kill 1400 Palestinians and injure 6000 more.

“Through the anguish and the suffering, we can see the road toward peace,” Brown added, as if all the mass death, injuries and destruction, which left Gaza looking like it had been hit  by an earthquake, would in some way benefit the cause of   peace.

The demonstration this Saturday will assemble at 2.00 pm at   Broadcasting House in Portland Place, in protest at the BBC’s capitulation to Israel’s propaganda machine during the attack on Gaza.

This will be the fourth Gaza demonstration in as many weeks,  all of them bringing unprecedented numbers to voice their   outrage over the carnage we have witnessed and to show our  support for the people of Gaza, subjected to horrific crimes against humanity.

Please help publicise Saturday’s demonstration as widely as you can and encourage everyone you  know to join us.

A leaflet for downloading will be available  shortly on our website.

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NATIONAL STOP THE WAR ACTIVISTS MEETING

Stop the War Activist Meeting 11am – 1pm   St Pancras Church Hall    Lancing Street, London NW1 1NA        

100 metres east of Euston Station The Stop the War Coalition has called this important meeting   to discuss the situation in Gaza, the wider “war on terror”   and how to take the campaign forward. We will also be discussing the campaign to bring the troops   out of Afghanistan and the preparations for the mass protests  at the G20 meeting in London on April 2nd.

This will be Barack  Obama’s first visit to London. We are asking for delegations from every Stop the War group   round the country.

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