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Anti-war protesters send petition letter to Brown
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10:20, February 16, 2008

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Anti-war protesters Friday delivered a letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to protest at the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and urge the pullout of British troops from the two countries.

The letter, written by the London-based Stop the War Coalition, was handed over by a delegation of marchers from an anti-Iraq War demonstration in 2003, including the oldest and youngest demonstrators, 103-year-old Hetty Bower and five-year-old Alfie Sedley.

The letter to Brown referred to the anti-war march five years ago and said, "We said then that the war would be a disaster - everything that we said then has been proved to be true."

"There are still thousands of British troops in Iraq, whose only role seems to be to give cover to George Bush and the disastrous U.S. occupation," said the letter.

"Meanwhile the number of British troops in Afghanistan is growing and the occupation there is causing devastation," it said.

The Stop the War Coalition, set up on Sept. 21, 2001, has opposed the various wars that are claimed to be part of the ongoing war on terrorism. It has been the most prominent group in Britain campaigning against war in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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