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Stop the Rush to War - Don't Bomb Syria


Theresa May has put RAF bombers on standby to start airstrikes on Syria. The stakes are obviously extremely high, but opinion polls suggest public opinion is firmly against military action. Only 22% of respondents in a YouGov poll said they would support airstrikes on Syria. More bombing would prolong the agony of the Syrian people and risk causing a catastrophic war with Russia.

We are urging groups to organise protests. Protests are taking place tomorrow and over the weekend in Sheffield, Nottingham, Norwich, Cardiff, Edinburgh and street stalls in many other places.

In London we will be protesting this Friday at 5pm at Downing Street when a letter will be handed-in to the Prime Minister urging her to pull back from the brink.

Please do the following everywhere as a matter of urgency:

1) Lobby your MP to oppose military action using our lobbying tool and share it widely. We have already had over 4000 people use the tool asking their MP to oppose UK participation on the attacks in Syria.

2) Please organise street petitioning, stalls and protests. You can download the petition here.

This is an extremely dangerous moment for the world, as the threat of direct confrontation between the great powers looms large. With Trump threatening a US missile attack with a tweet "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", and Theresa May putting the RAF on standby to join an attack, Stop the War needs to intensify its campaign so we are asking for your generous help to make this possible.

There has never been a more important time to support the anti-war movement.

Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". Stop the War has since been dedicated to preventing and ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. Stop the War opposes the British establishment's disastrous addiction to war and its squandering of public resources on militarism. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues.

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