The soldiers, on a charm offensive it seemed, repeatedly offered the protesters tea and biscuits, and did their best to try and justify the deaths of hundreds of British personnel and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of civilians in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The protesters also read out the names, details and circumstances of death of all 264 British servicemen and women known to have died as a result of these wars of aggression. They then lay flowers at the gates and observed a minute’s silence. The protesters were interviewed and filmed by a pair of local journalists.
The mayors of both Brent and Harrow, who were attending the recruitment event, were among those who saw the protest as they left the venue in their chauffeur-driven vehicles. The protesters, who braved the cold for over 2 hours, ended their vigil after the last of the dozen or so would-be recruits had left.
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