In February 2003 over one million people marched in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. The mass protest, one of the largest in the UK’s history, was peaceful but determined and organised in full co-operation with the authorities. An army of stewards prevented sit down protests on the march and ensured that the huge crowd was ushered, efficiently and without incident, into a pre-arranged rally in Hyde Park. Here trade union bureacrats, Labour MPs and z-list celebrity left-wingers made fiery speeches promising this was just the beginning of a militant peace movement that would stop the war.
A month later US and UK forces began a series of devastating air strikes on Iraq. The war had begun, and it would kill hundreds of thousands of people.
Marches against the Iraq war continued, organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC), which was now little more than a front for the…
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