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This article from the South Wales Echo describes Stop the [Iraq] War demonstrations in London and Cardiff. The article is accompanied by a photograph of a child holding a placard stating 'Bush and Blair: Tough on terrorism, Weak on the causes of terrorism'.

According to the Stop the War Coalition website: "Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". Stop the War has since been dedicated to preventing and ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. Stop the War opposes the British establishment's disastrous addiction to war and its squandering of public resources on militarism. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues. We are committed to supporting Palestinian rights, opposing racism and Islamophobia, and to the defence of civil liberties. Stop the War has organised around 40 national demonstrations, including the largest protests ever held in Britain, most memorably on 15 February 2003, when up to two million gathered on London's streets to oppose the Iraq war . WRITTEN BY STOP THE WAR ON 09 MAY 2013. POSTED IN 'ABOUT'." Source:, accessed 2/4/17.


`STOP THE WAR' - Author/Byline: Chris Beckett

Thousands march in London – but 80 turn out in Cardiff

MORE than 5,000 people from Wales took to the streets of London as part of Britain's biggest public demonstration against war on Iraq.

They included members of the South Wales Stop the War Coalition who helped organise coaches to London to join the calls for peace.

Coalition member Julian Goss, a bus driver from Roath, Cardiff, said: "There was a clear Welsh presence at the march which could be seen by people waving placards."

He added: "There was a great sense of togetherness and a huge variety of people, with a lot of young and old people who did not look like they had been on many demonstrations.

"It was a peaceful demonstration and showed the British nation at its best - in defence of real human values."

Those unable to be in London on Saturday staged an anti-war demonstration in Queen Street, Cardiff.

Around 80 people gathered around the Aneurin Bevan statue to make their feelings known, including grandmother Leela Attfield, who was proud to be left holding the baby while her daughter was protesting in London.

Leela, of Rhiwbina, was looking after 20-month-old Reuben Dutch (pictured right), the son of her daughter Kate.

She said: "War is not the way to solve a problem. It's important for protesters outside London to have something local."

Fellow protester Mari Edwards, of Neath, said: "This demonstration is to show Tony Blair that any war he starts is not in the name of Wales ."
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From Microform, Local Studies, Cardiff Library.
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