Reports 2015

Newcastle March and Rally - Stop Bombing Syria!

On Saturday December 19, a march and rally took place in Newcastle to demand that the government stop bombing Syria and that Britain should end its intervention in the affairs of Syria as well as other countries in the Middles East and the world. Around 100 people started the march from the Centre for Life and made their way through Newcastle to a larger rally at the Monument.  The rally was addressed by Chandni Chopra, Friends of Al Aqsa - Peace for Palestine, Nick Megoran, Martin Luther King Peace Committee, Shumel Rahman, Newcastle Unites, Theresa Easton, North East Peoples Assembly, Andrew Grey, Green Party, Laura Pidcock, Northumberland Labour councillor, Daniel Kebede, Stand up to Racism, Clare Williams, Unison Northern Northern Region Convener, Roger Nettleship, Newcastle Stop the War Coalition (PDF text of speech).  The speeches were enthusiastically received and the rally was concluded with the songs of singer-song writer Ron Brown who was also enthusiastically applauded. The rally was chaired by Tony Dowling and Chandni Chopra. This was an impressive march and rally on the last Saturday before the holiday and shows the increasing opposition to the British government's bombing and interference in Syria.

Newcastle Vigils - Stop Bombing Syria

Vigils were held at the Monument on the evening of 16th, 17th and 18th December to oppose the bombing of Syria and that Britain should end its intervention in the affairs of Syria as well as other countries in the Middles East and the world.

National Demonstration - Stop Bombing Syria

On Saturday December 12, thirty people from Newcastle Stop the War Coalition joined the national demonstation in London. Thousands of people marched from Portland Place to Downing Street against the government's decision to bomb Syria.  Protestors gathered on Whitehall for a rally outside Downing Street to hear speakers from the Green Party, CND, the National Union of Teachers, National Union of Students, the Muslim Association of Great Britain, Stand Up to Racism, Military Families Against the War, the Awareness Foundation, and representatives from Scottish Stop the War and Walthamstow Stop the War.   Stop the War Chair, Andrew Murray, read a message sent from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn: The message said in part:
"A large majority of all parts of the Labour party – including the membership, MPs and the Shadow cabinet – last week opposed this government’s determination to extend UK bombing to Syria.
Intensifying the war won’t protect our security - or help the Syrian people. It risks doing the opposite. The only way to beat Isis is through a negotiated settlement of the Syrian civil war.
We in parliament will hold this government to account for the conduct of their campaign – and step up the pressure to bring the conflict to an end.
But for that we need your support and campaigning. Thanks for everything you have done, your internationalism and solidarity. We can, and will, bring these wars to an end."

Newcastle Protest Says Don't Bomb Syria!

On Tuesday December 1st, a large rally at Newcastle Monument of nearly 400 people protested against Cameron's plans to bomb Syria in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in Paris.   The rally which was held on the eve of the vote in Parliament was addressed by 8 representatives from parties, organisations and campaign groups in the region opposed to the war.  The rally sent a loud message to Cameron and to Parliament that all the efforts should go into a political solution for peace and that war is not a solution to terrorism and never has been. The rally highlighted the need for an anti-war government in Britain and that the message to Parliament tomorrow was don't attack, or bomb, SyriaThe rally called on people to, even at this late stage, do everything they could to stop  MPs voting for war the next day.

Lobby - Cameron Hands Off Syria

Lobbying Shadow Attorney General Catherine McKinnell MP

The government is fixated on getting a vote to bomb Syria. Over the last few months Cameron keeps calling for further intervention in the “war” in Syria using bombers.  This “war” has been caused by the  Anglo-US-Israeli and Saudi  interventions in the middle east in the first place and the arming of proxies to overthrow secular states to suit their global ambitions.  They have created this anarchy and violence so that they certainly can’t sort it out by illegal intervention which does not have the backing of the Syrian government or the UN.

There was a vote against the government’s bombing plans at the recent Labour Party conference and Jeremy Corbyn has a long record of opposition to foreign wars. So lets bring about  an anti-war government in Britain!
And please lobby YOUR MP using this link - it only takes 2 minutes!

Western wars and the refugee crisis

On September 30, around 40 people took part in this vital meeting discussing the west's wars and the role they have played as a central part in the refugee crisis over last 18 years. Three speakers: Shumel Rahman, Newcastle Unites and one of the organisers of Newcastle demonstration refugees are welcome, Nick Megoran Geography lecturer at Newcastle University and Martin Luther King Peace Committee, and Alex Snowden Newcastle Stop the War addressed the meeting. This was followed by participants engaging in discussion from the point of view of developing the new politics that has been opened up by Jeremy Corbyn's victory as leader of the Labour Party.  The mood was for the anti war movement to go all out get behind Jeremy Corbyn to stop the attempt of the Cameron goverment to push through Parliament military action against Syria and address properly the refugee crisis that these wars had caused.

Election Question Time in Newcastle Britain's place in a troubled world

On Wednesday April 22, Newcastle Stop the War (NSWC), Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign (NPSC) and the Power, Space, Politics Cluster at Newcastle University Geography Department hosted a question time on Britain's place in a troubled world. Using a ‘Question Time’ format, a selection of party candidates were quizzed by the audience on their views on UK foreign policy also with contributions from a representative of the NSWC and NPSC. Around 75 people took part in the question time.


Listen to the Question Time: Audio_mp3

Report of Anti-Pegida Rally Newcastle

Newcastle unites in defence of the Muslim Community and for the rights of all! Some footage of the powerful 3000 strong anti-Pegida demonstration and rally in Newcastle on February 28 2015. Newcastle Stop the War took part as part of the Newcastle Unites organised demonstration. Estimates showed that this demonstration far outnumbered some few hundred coming from outside trying to spread hate in the city on behalf of the ruling circles. It is vital to defend the Muslim community and all communities. Defend the rights of all!

Newcastle Meeting Condemns Islamophobia and the War on Terror

On Thursday, February 26th around 50 people took part in a vital meeting to condemn Islamophobia and the War on Terror in the wake of the recent attempts by the ruling circles to to whip up hostility and racism against our Islamic community.  Speakers included writer and broadcaster Yvonne Ridley and Stop the War Coalition vice chair Chris Nineham. The meeting was also addressed by Mick Bowman recently returned from Palestine and having been mistreated and arrested by the Israelis and Hazera Begum a Muslim Chaplain at Northumbria University. The Meeting was Chaired by Alex Snowden of Newcastle Stop the War Coalition.  The meeting was a fairly in depth discussion of the issues and brought together people involved in fighting to build the unity of the people and provide safe spaces to solve the problems caused by the devastating wars being waged by the Anglo-US  and  Israeli powers in the Middle East and elsewhere. The issue was also preparing for the Saturday demonstration in Newcastle against Pegida and standing up for the Islamic community as our community and defending the rights of all communities and people against the plan of the ruling elite to divide and rule.

Audio of contributions:  Yvonne Ridley   Chris Nineham   Mick Bowman  Hazera Begum

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