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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 June 2008

End the occupations

Protest against George W Bush visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Protest against George W Bush visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

SEVERAL THOUSAND anti-war demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square, London, last Sunday evening to protest against the two-day visit to Britain of US president George Bush.

While warmonger Bush was entertained at Downing Street by his willing coalition partner, prime minister Gordon Brown, protesters - kept at bay by a heavy police presence - called for an end to the military occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan by US and UK troops.

Socialist Party members distributed anti-war leaflets and sold over 100 copies of The Socialist to protesters and tourists who were passing by.

One of the Socialist Party stalls in Parliament Square protesting against George W Bush

One of the Socialist Party stalls in Parliament Square protesting against George W Bush's visit to the UK, phtot Sarah Mayo

Later, when the demonstrators attempted to march up Whitehall, riot police used batons to beat back the crowd, injuring several people and making arrests.

Afghan quagmire

AS GEORGE Bush's twilight administration attempts to turn Iraq into a permanently occupied US military outpost, it was announced that more coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan than in Iraq for the first time last month.

Clearly, the Taliban insurgency is becoming stronger (shown by the mass breakout of prisoners at Kandahar prison), as the corrupt regime of beleaguered US-backed Afghan president Hamid Karzai, has left the mass of Afghanis in dire poverty and insecurity.

Yet, despite the obvious failings of the seven-year occupation of Afghanistan by coalition forces to bring about reconstruction, employment and social justice, Gordon Brown gave a commitment to lame duck president George Bush that UK troops in Afghanistan would be increased to their highest level ie over 8,000.

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In The Socialist 17 June 2008:

No! to racism: Yes! to decent jobs, homes and public services

No! to racism: Yes! to decent jobs, homes and public services

Unite and fight against racism

Protest at BNP 'hate festival'

Let AmDani stay!

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Lisbon Treaty 'No' vote delivers major shock for political and big business Establishment


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Shell drivers strike

David Davis - sanity or carving a position?

Greater Manchester - save your post office

London protest over Rajapaksa's dismal human rights record

Stop big business polluting our environment


Education

Stop New Labour's divisive school academy plans


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Polyclinics - Stop this backdoor privatisation

PFI - a very bad deal for the NHS

Reopen the battle on NHS pay


Socialist Party campaigns

End the occupations

Unison conference: Angry delegates attack leaders


Post office closures

Leeds: Stop Beeston post office closures


Socialist Party workplace news

National Shop Stewards Network Conference

CWU's link with Labour hotly debated

Victory against bosses at Keele

Workplace news in brief


 

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