Military Strike on Baghdad Could Lead to Campaign of Civil Disobedience

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), March 6, 2003 | Go to article overview

Military Strike on Baghdad Could Lead to Campaign of Civil Disobedience


Byline: TONY TRAINOR

THE first military strike on Baghdad could be met by a mass campaign of civil disobedience, anti-war campaigners have warned. Already students in Wales are threatening to walk out of lectures at noon on the day of the first shots being fired.

And workers are being urged to assemble at 6pm on the same day in their town centres to voice opposition to Britain's role in the war.

Following the global anti-war demonstrations of February 15 that saw upwards of a million people march through the streets of London, further rallies are planned that might coincide with the start of hostilities. The Stop The War coalition is planning a massive escalation of protest in the coming fortnight to try to prevent all-out war. A spokesman said, ``There will be direct action at military installations and to stop military transport, mass pressure on parliamentary and United Nations representatives, student strikes and occupations, workplace industrial action, the establishment of peoples' assemblies and popular consultations against war.

``Every day now is crucial in the cam-paign to stop war.'' Mass demonstrations are also planned to coincide with International Women's Day on Saturday including an anti-war march at noon at the Newbridge Fields in Bridgend.

Further protests are expected on Saturday, March 15, in solidarity with a ``Converge on the White House'' demonstration in Washington.

March 21 could see trade unions organising workplace assemblies and various forms of industrial action.

The coalition claims that national strike action is being already being planned in other countries on this day.

``On the day of an attack we call for mass protests in the centre of every town and city in the world,'' said the spokesman.

``The following Saturday we call for mass demonstrations in every capital city. …

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