end this illegal war of occupation in Afghanistan NOW

Published November 17th, 2009 - 03:31 GMT

IN THIS NEWSLETTER 
1) ANTI-WAR SOLDIER ARRESTED: PROTEST NOW 
2) MILITARY FAMILIES DELIVER PETITION TO GORDON BROWN

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EMERGENCY PROTEST AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 
DEFEND LANCE CORPORAL JOE GLENTON 
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 5PM 
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, WHITEHALL   
(OPPOSITE DOWNING STREET) 
Facebook Event - Please circulate: http://bit.ly/2h9IOf

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1) ANTI-WAR SOLDIER ARRESTED: PROTEST NOW

Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, the soldier who faces desertion 
charges for refusing to return to Afghanistan, has been 
arrested and charged with five further offences for leading 
Stop the War's demonstration in London on 24 October and for 
expressing his opposition to the media in defiance of orders.

The new charges carry a maximum of ten years imprisonment in 
addition to the sentence of three to four years that Joe could   
get if the desertion charge is upheld.

Joe's mother, Sue Glenton, has spoken out against his arrest:   
"You've got government ministers, army commanders and MPs 
speaking every day in support of the war. What's so scary 
about a Lance Corporal having his say? My son is only speaking   
out for what he thinks is right."

Joe's arrest and imprisonment are signs of panic by the 
government and military commanders, faced with an ever growing   
majority of the British public opposing the war and an   
increasing number of prominent voices in the media calling for   
the withdrawal of British troops.

A poll published in the Independent shows that only one in 
five voters believes that Britain's military presence in 
Afghanistan is helping to protect the country from terrorism,   
as Gordon Brown insists. The same poll shows that 48 percent 
of voters think the war in Afghanistan increases the risk of 
domestic terrorist attack.

Stop the War has launched a campaign to defend Joe Glenton and   
his right to freedom of speech. (For updates see 
http://www.stopwar.org.uk.)

A protest has been called outside the Ministry of Defence in 
Whitehall on Thursday 12 November at 5pm and we list below 
what you can do to support the only serving soldier who has so   
far had the courage to stand up for what many in the army 
believe; that this is a futile and unwinnable war.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

* EMERGENCY PROTEST AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE   
If you live in London, please try to join the protest on 
Thursday 12 November, 5pm, at the Ministry of Defence,   
Whitehall (opposite Downing Street) 
FACEBOOK EVENT (Please circulate): http://bit.ly/2h9IOf

* WRITE TO DEFENCE SECRETARY BOB AINSWORTH 
EMAIL: defencesecretary@mod.uk or ainsworthr@parliament.uk 
WRITE: Secretary of State for Defence, Floor 5, Main Building,   
Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB 
FAX: 020 7218 6538

* COLLECT PETITION SIGNATURES   
The Defend Joe Glenton petition can be downloaded here: 
http://bit.ly/10gDKb

* WRITE LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO JOE GLENTON 
Lance Corporal Joe Glenton 
Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) 
Berechurch Hall Camp 
Colchester 
Essex CO2 9NU

* EMAIL SUPPORT 
defendjoeglenton@gmail.com

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2) MILITARY FAMILIES DELIVER PETITION TO GORDON BROWN

On 21 December, Stop the War's Bring the Troops Home Now 
petition will be delivered to Gordon Brown at Downing Street 
by soldiers, ex-soldiers and military families.

More than 15,000 have already signed,  but we want to get many   
more signatures 
before 21 December. You can sign online but we are also 
encouraging our supporters to download the petition and 
collect signatures among friends, work colleagues, fellow 
students, neighbours etc.

If you live in London, make a note of 21 December, as the 
soldiers, ex-soldiers and military families would welcome the   
widest support from the anti-war movement when they deliver 
the petition to Gordon Brown. (More details to follow soon.)


 


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