24HR PROTEST / VIGIL "SAY NO TO NATO!"
May 20, 2012 12:00Tagged as: anti-militarism peace repression solidarity strike
12 noon Sunday 20th May – 12 noon Monday 21st May 2012 Parliament Square, Westminster, London. Peace Strike is calling a 24hr protest / vigil in support the people of Afghanistan. They need our help to put pressure on our governments to: ” BRING NATO TROOPS HOME” From 12 noon we will be demonstrating to highlight the start of the NATO summit that is meeting for a conference in Chicago USA. The conference will be more to justify the ongoing war in Afghanistan, with discussions of Iran on the table. The Afghanistan people are desperate for the war to end. They want NATO Forces to leave their country, to enable them to rebuild their lives and restore dignity to their people. Join us for all or part of the vigil, which ever you are able to manage. In the late evening and during the night, a vigil will be held for all the countless thousands of civilians who have lost their lives in Afghanistan. Also, we will remember all the fallen and injured from our own British Forces. We need this futile, hopeless war to end. The people of our country must re-new the pressure on our weak coalition government NOW! MONEY FOR WELFARE, NOT WAR! Monday morning we will welcome the MP’s back to Westminster with the sight of wounded and dying people. This is every day reality for the people and children of Afghanistan. Bring banners, placards, candles, bandages or white sheets, and red felt tip pens. SOCPA 2005 is no longer in force, however PRASRA 2011 (Police Reform and Social Responsibility) now applies.This new law prohibits all items associated with enabeling a person to ’sleep’ within the area. LEGAL Due to the nature of 24hr protest, some people may find that they need to rest during the night. They may wish to lie down for an hour or so. If that is the case, you may like to bring a sleeping bag, a roll mat and a waterproof survival bag, warm clothing and food and drink to sustain yourself. Although the law uses the wording ‘prohibits’ it was stated in court that it may be down to the discretion of the officer present at the immediate time. It may be discretionary. Sleeping equipment can, and may be confiscated. Be aware, and make sure that the sleeping bag etc is not expensive. You will be entitled to your property back, within 28 days. If you resist the confiscation attempt, you maybe arrested. Note: We take this demonstration very seriously. We want to bring justice to the Afghanistan people, and we sincerely want our troops home. We therefore ask people NOT to bring tents. That is not the focal issue at present . The issue is to have the ability to demonstrate peacefully over a given period of time. We ask all who take part to be non-confrontational, polite and sincere.We are not there to argue, we are there to promote peace and speak out for those who depend on us to speak out on their behalf. firstname.lastname@example.org
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