WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED; 4 DAYS TO GO: Show Blair and Bush How You Feel about the War on Iraq. Join the Peace March in Glasgow on Saturday: MSPs' Civil Disobedience over War

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WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED; 4 DAYS TO GO: Show Blair and Bush How You Feel about the War on Iraq. Join the Peace March in Glasgow on Saturday: MSPs' Civil Disobedience over War


Byline: MAGGIE BARRY

SCOTS politicians are planning to orchestrate a campaign of civil disobedience if Iraq is attacked.

MPs and MSPs will join thousands of anti-war campaigners to protest against any war aimed at ousting Saddam Hussein.

They will occupy buildings, stage sit-down protests and hold marches.

Labour MSP John McAllion, Lloyd Quinan from the SNP, Green MSP Robin Harper, Labour MP George Galloway and Scottish Socialist leader Tommy Sheridan will head the peace campaign.

Other influential MSPs are expected to join them, along with Scots' celebrities.

Sheridan said: "The warmongerers are building their army but the peace campaigners are also building theirs."

More than 1500 people have signed the civil disobedience pledge, promising peaceful acts of defiance if Tony Blair, George Bush or any other country attacks Iraq.

The protest is being organised by the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War.

Spokesman John Ainslie said: "The pledge becomes very important if things escalate.

"There are some smaller acts going on at the moment.

"We closed the gates at Loch Long for a day while the Ark Royal was loading ammunition.

"And we have been protesting at the entrance to British Aerospace in Edinburgh.

"These are just small protests, but if Iraq is attacked the protest will be huge. …

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