Skip to comments.Tony Benn opens peace conference [Sheehan & Galloway too]
Posted on 12/10/2005 11:44:43 AM PST by ncountylee
Speaking to up to 1,500 anti-war protesters and activists, Mr Benn condemned the conflict in Iraq as "illegal, immoral and unwinnable".
The event at the Royal Horticultural Hall in central London was organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
Convenor Lindsey German hopes to find ways to progress the peace movement.
"This is a day of people coming together to talk about how we can take the troops out of Iraq and allow the Iraqi people to run their country," she said.
The morning was dominated by Mr Benn's speech, in which he said the current peace movement calling for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq was "the biggest in my lifetime".
"It represents 60% of US opinion now and the same in Britain. It is a very positive movement and has support right across the political spectrum."
Meanwhile George Galloway said the people of London were saying they are not part of this war.
The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow is often embroiled in controversy.
On the day after the July bombs, he said Londoners had paid the price for Iraq and Afghanistan - comments described by a government minister as disgraceful.
Fellow speakers included Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, speaking on behalf of Gold Star Families for Peace, and Reg Keys for Military Families Against the War, who also lost his son, a military policeman, in Iraq.
He should have stuck to singing.
I thought his dad built really big clocks
where's a homicide bomber when you need one? damn.
You mean like they were "allowed to run it" BEFORE the invasion, you silly twit?
"It represents 60% of US opinion now and the same in Britain
Even if this were true I would still be proud to be in the minority.
Ha Ha... The street protests here in America prove that number dead wrong.. When you only see a few aged hippies protesting at protest events, you know that we are winning.