First Published: 2008-03-20

 
Small London demo marks Iraq war anniversary
 

Protestors call for former British premier to be tried for war crimes after taking part in Iraq invasion.

 

Middle East Online

The over one million British protesters did not stop the Iraq war in 2003

LONDON - Protestors staged a low-key demo in London Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war.

Disguised as judges or wearing face masks depicting Brown's predecessor Tony Blair -- who controversially backed the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq -- they called for the former premier to be tried for war crimes.

"Put Blair and Brown on trial," read banners held by members of the Stop the War Coalition, who gathered to deliver a letter to Downing Street calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, eight anti-war protesters locked and superglued themselves to the entrance of an arms factory in Brighton, on the southern English coast.

"This is part of an ongoing campaign by us to ask people who work at the factory what has come out of five years of invasion and occupation in Iraq," said Tom Hayes, 29, one of the protestors who were later cut free.

Blair has so far made no public comment to coincide with the anniversary. His office did not return calls or email asking for comment.

Meanwhile, US protesters held sit-ins and demonstrations across the country Wednesday demanding an immediate withdrawal of US soldiers. Thirty-three people were arrested in Washington, and over 100 in San Francisco.

Overall the war has killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians -- between 104,000 and 223,000 died between March 2003 and June 2006 alone, according to the World Health Organisation -- and more than 4,000 US and allied soldiers.

 

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