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Click to magnify The Day of Protest on the 31st of October 2002 was YOUR day. There were around 300 protests all over the UK, from banner drops to teach ins, from sit downs to cycle rides. These are just some of the highlights that we have been told about.

If you have a brief report of your action on the 31 October, please email us on Email us office@stopwar.org.uk or Phone us 020 7278 6694, and we will add it to this page. You can send us pictures (the higher resolution the better), longer reports (please also give us a synopsis), and press releases.

In the table below, a more detailed report, possibly with pictures, is available if this icon is visible.


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Highlights

Location Summary
Aberystwyth 24hr peace vigil in the town centre. Demonstration and rally in the town centre. Full details
Barnstaple 20 hold street protest
Beccles 50 people hold evening protest in centre of Beccles. Full details
Bedford 140 attend demonstration (second biggest in Bedford’s history). Local MP speaks out against war. Full details
Birmingham 100 march to Pebble Mill studio, dressed in Halloween costumes. culminating in a public meeting Anti War cavalcade in Selly Oak.
Bournemouth 250 march through city centre to war memorial. Lots of people approaching asking how to get involved. Full details
Brighton 1000 occupy main pier for 3 hours. Road blocks, sit downs. Full details
Bristol 400 people attend rally on 30 October to hear Galloway. 700 turn up for mass protest on day of action. Sit down at territorial army base. Students from University of West of England march to MOD. Full details
Cambridge 500 march through city centre at lunch time. 240 students occupy university. Local FBU region donate £1000 to campaign.
Chester Banner drops, 100 hold vigil and then impromptu march through town centre.
Crediton 10 people leafleted town centre.
Devon 150 attend rally. Impromptu march through city centre. Banners over bridges. Local press coverage.
Edinburgh 2000 marched onto Scottish Parliament. Sit down on streets and bridge for 8 minutes. Minutes silence for people of Iraq. Local press coverage. Full details
Haringey (North London) 12 noon: sit down in Stroud Green Road involving 30 people. 1pm: rallies in Crouch End (30 adults, 30 school children from Hornsey School for Girls who marched back to lessons with placards) and Tottenham (College of North London) with trade union delegations. 4-7pm: 100 attend festival in Muswell Hill, with good natured civil disobedience, confused cops, protesters of all ages, jazz and appliqué banner. Full details
Huddersfield Protests outside Labour Party offices and Army recruitment centre. In the evening 100 protesters occupy Town Hall and stage their own debate on the war. Full details
Ipswich 40 march through town centre.
Knighton Petitioning, 70 gathered at rally. Big postcard sent off to Tony Blair.
Lampeter 40 protested on the war memorial roundabout from 12-6pm, with a 15 minute blockade at 4.30pm. Full details
London 4000 hold march in Parliament square followed by demo up to 10 Downing Street.
Lyme Regis 50 hold street protest.
Lymington (Hamps) Small demo.
Neath Early morning gathering to display a line of cardboard bombs with Anti War messages over main thorough way. Passing window cleaner lent his ladders to erect sign. Full details
Newcastle Upon Tyne Day-long picket at Newcastle University (vice chancellor signed the Stop the War petition). In the evening 400-500 people stopped the city with a demonstration through the centre of Newcastle, culminating with a stand-off with the police when protesters tried to march across the Tyne Bridge.
Newport 20 people hold vigil at cenotaph.
North Finchley (North London) 19 attended peace vigil.
Oxford Noon. Meeting at Oxford Brookes University. 1pm Banner unfurled.in Cornmarket. 2pm students block road. 4pm poppy protest, 5.15pm 200 in mass cycle ride, 6pm rally of 500. Talk by Denis Halliday overflowing. Full details
Plymouth Local protest.
Portsmouth Banners hung over bridge in the rush hour. Local Press coverage. In the evening 150 block roads in town centre and when police moved them on they went to the next pedestrian crossing. Stopped traffic for one hour and next day received loads of messages of support.
Redbridge 07:30 leafleted post office. A good number wore stickers. Lunchtime meeting at local community centre addressed by Councillor Bob Littlewood. 80 join a rally in the evening addressed by local MP followed by march through Ilford town centre.
Sidmouth Leafleting in town centre.
Southampton 200 protesters brought traffic to standstill. Occupied pedestrian crossing in city centre. Full details
Stafford Handing Leaflets to RAF base. 150 staff and students hold rally at Keele University. Mock funeral procession in town. Concert in evening. Local Press coverage. Full details
Swansea 150 sit down in road. Marched to Sainsbury’s and then onto local Esso station but police had already shut it down as they were anticipating trouble although all was peaceful. Thank you police.
Swindon 50 attended open air meeting and 90 at the Rally in evening. Local Press coverage.
Tate Modern London Petitioning and leafleting outside Tate Modern - 240 signatures collected. Sold badges and T-shirts.


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Students

Location Summary
Brighton University Occupation. Hung effigies of Bush and Blair. Put posters up on main road. Lots of support from passing cars, buses and pedestrians. 150 students involved. Critical Mass bike ride in the evening. Local press coverage.
Camden School students Small demonstration.
Cardiff University 50 students join feeder march in town centre.
Exeter University 50 students march around city campus.
Goldsmiths Teach in took place.
Leeds Students Blocked several roads, barricaded library and then stormed the BBC. Local press coverage.
Liverpool University 150 occupy.
London School of Economics Occupation of building.
Manchester University 350 march around campus and then occupy.
Newcastle University Day-long picket: right-wing VC signed petition!
Nottingham University March around University Campus and then marched into town centre to cut off access to army recruitment centre.
Oxford University 100 students block road outside university.
Queen Mary University 200 students pass anti war resolution. March around campus
Sheffield University Mass rally and traffic blocking demonstration followed by 75 students occupying building. 150 attend rally in the evening.
SOAS Teach-in took place.
Warwick University 200 vote to occupy although authorities lock up building so march around campus took place.

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Photographs

 

31 October 2002 - Hallowe'en day of protest all over the UK

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Bournemouth
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Bristol [pics: Jeff Brewster]
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Haringey, North London

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Central London [pics: Liz Heavenstone]

30 October 2002 - Shining a light on the democratic process, London

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Pics: Paola Desiderio

Some pictures from the London demonstration are also available here.


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Audio Recordings

Speakers:

Asad Rehman (introduction)
Tony Benn
Linda Smith (Fire Brigades Union)
Tariq Ali (writer and broadcaster)
Anand Batwana (Indian film director)
Lindsey German (STWC)
Jeremy Corbyn MP

MP3 recordings by muzikin.


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Original Call to Action!

Stop Your City — Stop The War

Click to magnify George Bush and Tony Blair are determined to attack Iraq. It will not be a war for democracy — it will be a war to control the oil-rich and strategically vital Middle East. It will not be a war to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, because Iraq does not possess such weapons.

The majority of people in this country oppose war. Yet their views are being ignored by the government and marginalised by the media.

Click to magnify There will be no vote on war in parliament and only public outcry forced Tony Blair to allow even a “consultative” meeting of the House of Commons.

George Bush and Tony Blair are determined to attack Iraq, but they have a problem. Us. The anti-war movement is the great democratic movement in this country. It is the only movement in the country that can force the government to stop the carnage and bloodshed that now threatens peace in the Middle East.

We now have to move from words to deeds. We have to move from demonstrations to direct action.

Click to magnify If the hundreds of thousands of people who demonstrated in London on 28 September go back and organise direct action in their localities we can build a movement the government cannot ignore.

We have to make our numbers count. That is why we are backing Tony Benn’s call for civil disobedience.

On Thursday 31 October we are calling on everyone who opposes the war to organise:

Meetings in or near your workplace with anti-war speakers, perhaps with a local march.
College occupations and teach-ins.
In the evening join us for a central protest in the town where you live. Bring banners, sit down and block traffic.

We need a protest the media and the government cannot ignore.Contact your local trade unions, peace organisations, student unions, campaigns, mosques and churches. Leaflet every meeting, every workplace, college and high street.

Get the new leaflet (PDF). If you have problems viewing this leaflet, then download Acrobat Reader from the Adobe web site by clicking on the icon below. Download the petition sheet and take it around everyone you know.

Get Acrobat ReaderMake Thursday 31 October the day we stop your city or town to stop the war.

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