Supporting the Troops, Not Supporting the War.
Arriving in Colchester.
Handing out more leaflets.
Broad Support in a Barracks Town.
Naming of the Dead Ceremony.
Berechurch Hall Camp.
Malcom Talks About Peace.
LC Joe Glenton and his Correctors!
He arrives in Colchester around mid afternoon and begins the walk through the town toward the Colchester War Memorial.
Once again, the walk reveals endemic anti-war feeling in the barracks town consistent with that seen in every previous leg of the walk. From London's east end, to the conservative belt around Brentwood and from Chelmsford through to the barracks town of Colchester, members of the public display persistent opposition to the ongoing war and broad support for the peace walkers.
After a naming of the dead ceremony at the memorial, the walk heads out of the center and toward the Military Corrective Training Centre at Berechurch Hall Camp, currently holding in detention Lance Corporal Joe Glenton for refusing to serve in Afghanistan.
The walkers are joined by local anti-war groups. They arrive at the correction facility and together raise their voices in thanks to Joe Glenton, who's single act of defiance is now entirely representative of British public opinion.
The peace walk finishes as the War in Afghanistan descends into a disorganised mess with a deadly attack on a US 'facility'. The attack kills a number of personnel and brings into doubt claims by the British Government that British Forces must remain in the country until Afghani's are able to maintain their own security.
The attack is almost certainly the result of police and Afghan army collusion with regional anti-occupation forces.
Colchester, UK. 01/07/2010.
Bombers Storm U.S. Aid Compound in Afghanistan (NY Times 2nd July 2010.)