R&L PG in Trafalgar Square, 15 March 2008
R&L PG Wreath, 15 March 2008
R&L PG on WEstminster Bridge, 15 March 2008
Patricia Gilligan laying R&L PG wreath in Parliament Suare, 15 March 2008
R&L PG flowers in Parliament Suare, 15 March 2008
R&L PG wreath in Parliament Suare, 15 March 2008
Peace Group members carried with them the message, "Rochdale says 'Support our troops. Bring Them Home!!' and laid a wreath and flowers at the base of Nelson Mandela's statue opposite the Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square. The wreath of white carnations carried the Peace Group logo and the message, "For all killed in immoral and illegal wars".
Patricia Gilligan, who laid the wreath, said "This was a very moving moment. It is estimated that almost a million people have died as a result of the invasion of Iraq and its disastrous consequences. Our wreath and the flowers and shoes laid by others on Saturday symbolised and remembered all those who have died in this unnecessary war. As I laid the wreath on behalf of the Peace Group, I was starkly reminded of the tens of thousands of Iraqi women and children who have suffered horrific deaths and of the young British men and women who Gordon Brown continues to send to kill and be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five years ago, hundreds of us marched against the war in Rochdale and millions of us marched in London. The government ignored us then, but we are still giving them the clear message that we will not be silent until they stop destroying people's lives in their illegal and immoral wars."
Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group