International anti-war campaign organizers gathered in the British capital Saturday to plan further global peace protests against the looming US-led war in Iraq.
Local reports said about 200 protest planners from various countries attended a meeting presided over by Britain's "Stop the War" Coalition, which is one of the three core organizers of Britain's biggest-ever peace marches in London on Feb. 15
The meeting was aimed to strengthen the inertia based on the Feb. 15 global protests, which involved millions of people in more than 600 cities around the world by further coordinated acts.
"The mood is very serious and everyone is very determined to stop this war. We were all overwhelmed by the support from February 15," Ritch Whyman, a 30-year-old Canadian activist, was quoted as saying.
At the moment the war starts, "there will be mass demonstrations. Some countries are talking about industrial action," Whyman said.
Rafaella Bolini, 42, from the Italian anti-globalization group Arci, said dockers would act if the United States tried to move military supplies through Italian ports.
One day earlier, the Stop the War Coalition said in a news release that it is also organizing a Peoples' Assembly Against The War on March 12 to further challenge the government's authority towage a war with Iraq.
Some 3,000 people will be delegated from anti-war assemblies, trade union branches, mosques, churches, universities and other representative bodies across the country next week and come to London to attend the assembly, said the coalition, vowing to put as much pressures as possible on British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Blair, whose personal ratings have plummeted due to his handling over Iraq, Wednesday suffered the biggest revolt of his premiership when 122 labor lawmakers voted for a motion saying the case for war has not been proven.