Ten years and a day after the US/UK invasion of Afghanistan, thousands of people gather in Trafalgar square to demonstrate against the continuing occupation of Afghanistan.
Freedom for Palestine, Syria and Libya, and a reminder of those left in Guantanamo Bay, were among the other messages of the protest, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the British Muslim Initiative.
A line-up of prestigious people, including John Pilger and George Galloway, shared their condemning thoughts of war. Contrary to the report by AFP, the protest in Trafalgar square today was not led by Julian Assange of Wikileaks and Jemima Khan of the Independent.
The demonstration actually began with speeches from Joe Glenton, a former soldier who had been punished for refusing to serve in Afghanistan, and Grace McCann, famous for the attempted citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair in 2010.
While Jemima repeated the messages which all prior speakers had, the crowd was distracted by Julian Assange on the sideline.
Assange, who stole the show for many in the crowd, says “wars are the result of lies” while referring to the Vietnam War, the Second World War, and the war in Somalia.
Another resonating message from speakers was that the money spent on war could be spent on education and healthcare in the UK.
For the full speeches by Julian Assange, George Galloway and John Pilger, please return to this blog in a day or so.