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In the event of an attack


This page was archived on 13 August 2003

Plans for civil disobedience in the event of an attack on Iraq
ARROW/Pledge of Resistance
The Stop the War Coalition are calling for people to assemble in Trafalgar Square at 6pm the day the attack starts 'to bring the whole centre of Government to a halt'.

If you would like to join a sitdown protest with the Pledge of Resistance signatories assemble between 6-7pm by the statue of Oscar Wilde in Adelaide Street WC2 (at the back of St Martin in the Fields church).


The Stop the War Coalition have called for a massive national demonstration in London the Saturday following the start of the war. Contact 0207 538 020 7053 2153/4/5/6 for details.


The Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War plan to hold a sit-down protest in Glasgow, gathering in George Square at midday, the Saturday after an attack on Iraq. web

Brighton, Bristol and Leicester
are all holding Stop the City events - see below.

Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War are calling for town-centre vigils from 5pm on the day of an attack and CND are calling for town-centre vigils at 6pm on the day of attack (or next day if news breaks after 4pm) - protest in your town centre and in London opposite Downing Street.
- at noon the Saturday following attack opposite Downing Street.

Sick of this war - Bristol Against Casualisation Campaign are calling for a mass call-in-sick protest on the first Monday after an attack on Iraq.

Bases - groups working at
military bases around the country are planning protests in the event of an attack - see info and contacts for each base.

Let us know about plans for action in your area.
Support Tony Benn's Call for Resistance:

"Instead of two minutes silence at the end of every year, remember the women in Baghdad today who will be widows in two months time, the children who will be orphans, the towns that will be destroyed, the people who will die and resolve now that the moment that bombing begins we go to where we are and we stop for one hour."

Tony Benn has called people to stop what they are doing for an hour on the day an attack on Iraq starts.

List of actions and protests (not all involving civil disobedience) in the event of an attack that we know about

If a group local to you is not listed here as doing anything in the event of an attack, try Stop the War or Schnews or start your own. Also see the list of local Pledge of Resistance contact, groups holding regular vigils and links for more local groups.

Birmingham - The University of Birmingham students - email, web
Bradford We will be holding a protest rally in Centenary Square, at 5pm on the day bombing starts. Bradford Stop the War Coalition - email, web
Brighton Stop the City Stop the War. Meet 5.30pm in Churchill Square the day after the war starts. Bring pots and pans. Info 298192.
Bristol Stop the City. On the evening following the outbreak of war meet at the Bristol peace Vigil. Mon-Fri 5:30-6:30pm & Sat 3:00-4:00pm. Bristol City Centre. Opposite the Hippodrome. St. Augustines Parade Bristol Stop the War
There are plans for actions when war is declared. Info 07734 537043, web
- Meet in the Market Square at 12 noon the day after war breaks out (bring pots and pans or something to make a noise with). At 1pm we will march to the war memorial with a white poppy wreath. Assemble again at 6pm for a protest and vigil outside the Guildhall in the Market Square. email, web
Coventry - a vigil will be also be held on the steps of the Old Coventry Cathedral 6-7pm.
- gathering at Scottish Parliament (provisional)
RAF Fairford -
as many people as possible to Fairford to blockade the base - munitions are stored off site at Welford and have to be brought in by road. Continued presence every Saturday. Contacts Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors, info@gwi.org.uk.
- meet at 6pm by Market Cross. Contact Barbara on 01373 473673. Also monthly meetings 6pm first Friday at Garden Cafe.
Glasgow - The Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War plan to hold a sit-down protest the Saturday after an attack on Iraq, from middar in George Square.
Hastings - gather between 4-6pm at the Town Hall for a march to the local Labour Party Constituency Office where there will be a noisy protest and blockade. Bring pots and pans to bang. Contact 01424 460 579.
Hereford Sabotage the War Effort. On the day after the war "officially" begins. Meet 9am at Hereford train station to engage in civil disobedience against the war. Web
Hertford Assemble at the war memorial, Parliament Square at 6pm.
Huddersfield Meet at Market Cross at 6pm, make some noise at 7pm
Hitchin From 18:00 onwards, Market Place Hitchin Organised by Hitchin Against War in Iraq
Hull - meet outside railway station 5pm.
Contact Val
Lakenheath US Army base. Special vigil on the day the war starts, from 5pm at the main gate, - Just off of A1065 (Barton Mills to Brandon) / Lakenheath - Eriswell. Contacts: Davida Higgin Lakenheath Action Group Forge Bungalow, The Street, Shotesham, Norwich, NR15 1YL, England tel: 01508 550446, or Alistair and Gail 01842 829979
Lancaster - 24-hr protest - go to Market Square where further activities will be co-ordinated, bring banners, placards, instruments, warm black clothing. Contacts: University, Town
Leeds - meet Dortmund Square 5pm.

Leicester Don't Attack Iraq - Stop The City. On the day following a first attack on Iraq why not take the day off/ phone in sick for a protest in Leicester town centre at 8am. There will also be a demonstration at the Clock Tower between 5:30pm and 8pm. Leicester Stop the War
London - ARROW called sit-down protests - see above. 24 hour Picket in London If war breaks out, opposite Downing Street, Organised by ECIP.

Newcastle - gather at the Monument in central Newcastle 6pm on the evening of any escalated attack on Iraq. (If news of an attack does not come out until later in the afternoon, the vigil will be at 6pm on the next day.) web.
Northmapton From 17:00 onwards, BBC Radio Northampton, Abington Street. Bring placards, candles, costumes, and musical instruments. There will also be a group of people organising some non-violent direct action. Organised by Northampton Stop the War Coalition, 07884 315641
Oswestry, Shropshire. On the day war starts (if war is announced before 9am, otherwise meet the next day) meet 12 noon at the Friends Meeting House, Oak Street for a march through the town with banners and a silent vigil at Festival Square. Info 01691 650527/ 658330
Oxford - 6pm on the day of attack & noon the next day. Gather at Carfax Tower for protest, open mic, and nonviolent direct action. Bring: banners, music, voices, inspiration, anger etc... (If war is declared AFTER 6pm, meet up at 12 AND 6pm the NEXT day, but people are also encouraged to get out on the streets when it happens.)
- Rally from 18:00 onwards, Guildhall Square (or the following evening if it begins at night). Organised by Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition.
Sheffield On the day war is declared gather from 4.30pm gather at the Town Hall steps in Sheffield city centre. And on the first weekday morning after the above early morning demo meeting at 7.30am at Devonshire Green. Bring a bike if you have one but don't worry if you don't. Bring banners, placards, whistles. On the first Saturday after the attack gather at Barkers' Pool at 12 noon for a 'spontaneous' demonstration.
RAF ST Athans, Wales - International Citizens' Weapons Inspectorate
Taunton, Somerset Weekly, from 11:00 to 14:00, Front of Market House Taunton Centre Mass peace vigil/rally for all Taunton Deane anti-war groups and people, supported by stall/s dishing out materials and taking petition signatures etc. Organised by Taunton Deane Stop-the-War Coalition.

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