Nov 28, 2015
Thousands of people protested in London and around Britain Saturday against Britain joining in bombing attacks on ISIS in Syria.
The UK Parliament will vote next week on whether to join with the US and France in launching air strikes on Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the push for bombing.
The UK protests are organized by the Stop The War Coalition movement, which is also holding a string of other demonstrations around Britain.
The Stop The War Coalition said in a statement: "The proposed vote in Parliament on bombing Syria by British forces is likely to take place within the next week. The vote is more likely following the terrible events in Paris. Yet this bombing will not stop terror attacks. Stop the War is opposed to this military response."
Cameron's previous government suffered a humiliating defeat in 2013 over launching military action against the Assad government and did not push for a vote for the UK to join in bombing Syria last year.
Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is a founder of the Stop The War Coalition, opposes air strikes.
Writers, musicians, politicians, academics, filmmakers, trade unionists, campaigners and artists write to David Cameron.
To be delivered by Brian Eno and Mark Rylance at the Downing Street protest on 28 November 2015.
28 November 2015
Dear Prime Minister
The current rush to bomb Syria following the terrible events in Paris risks a dangerous escalation which will inflame the war there and increase bitterness against the West. The US has been bombing Isis for a year and admits that Isis is as strong as ever and has continued recruiting.
The experience of the wars in Afghanistan Iraq and Libya shows that Western military interventions lead to large scale casualties, devastating destruction and huge flows of refugees.
Far from tackling terrorism the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organization around the world.
Rather than ignoring this recent history by joining the long list of countries that have bombed Syria in the last year we urge the government to stop arming reactionary and aggressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Qatar that sponsor terrorist groups and look for political solutions as the only viable way to end the conflict.
Hans von SponeckFormer UN Assistant Secretary-General
Caroline Lucas MPGreen Party
Tommy Sheppard MPSNP
John HilaryExecutive Director of War on Want
Mark SerwotkaPCS General Secretary
Prof John KinsellaPoet
Prof Diane ReayUniversity of Cambridge
Prof Richard WilkinsonUniversity of Nottingham
Manuel CortesTSSA General Secretary
Christine ShawcroftLabour NEC
Prof Ray BushUniversity of Leeds
Prof Christopher CramerSOAS
Prof George Irvin SOAS
Andrew MurrayChair of Stop the War Coalition
Lindsey GermanConvenor of Stop the War Coalition
Kate HudsonCND General Secretary
Prof Susan NewmanUniversity of the West of England
Prof Gurminder BhambraUniversity of Warwick
Prof Ozlem OnaranUniversity of Greenwich
Prof Prem SikkaUniversity of Essex
Jean Urquhart MSP Independent
Elaine Smith MSPLabour
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