voices in the wilderness | 02.12.2002 15:45
activists in bloodied clothes and bandages.
mark thomas and caroline lucas mep present.
29 arrests so far at warzone whitehall
29 anti war activists have been arrested for highway obstruction at Warzone Whitehall, a nonviolent die in against the war and sanctions on Iraq. The activists were among a crowd of 250 activists, including comedian Mark Thomas and Euro MP Caroline Lucas, who gathered at whitehall place at 10.30 am and have been blocking part of whitehall since 11 am.
About 100 activists remain and are now assembled opposite the House of Commons on Parliament Square where they have joined Brian Haw who has been camped out on Parliament square for the past 18 months protesting against sanctions on Iraq. It is not known if more arrests are likely.
One activist Rosy Bremner has twice gained access to the cabinet office, on one occasion she met Robin Cook MP and told him of her views on Iraq.
Among those arrested was Voices in the Wilderness joint co ordinator Gabriel Carlyle, who visited Iraq in a sanctions breaking Voices in the Wilderness demonstartion in may 2002
Activists are carrying placards and banners reading "Iraqi Lives in the firing line- no war on Iraq.", "War kills the innocent. Don't attack Iraq.", and "1 in 11 countries bombed by the Pentagon."
The action is good natured and peaceful
Mark Thomas said, "I hope other people who oppose the war will consider their positions and consider whether they should put their liberty on the line so the voices and principles of peace can be heard."
Caroline Lucas said, "It's been very effective so far and represented the huge feeling against this war in Britain. We are making the case to Tony Blair as vividly as possible of the suffering he will inflict on the 22million people of Iraq. This war would be illegal and counterproductive. We have to use every non-violent measure available to register our protest"
Richard Byrne, Voices spokesperson said, "This is just the start. 2000 people in the UK have signed a pledge to engage in civil disobedience if this war starts. Life in Britain cannot go on as normal while the British Government supports war on Iraq."
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