Bradford Stop the War Coalition 18 January 2003

Don't Attack Iraq Demonstration in Bradford

2,500-3,000 people marched down from Manningham Park to Centenary Square in the biggest demonstration seen in Bradford for years. The march was lively and peaceful and was a wonderful display of unity of all communities in Bradford. Politicians who talk of Bradford as being a divided and violent place should have been with us today when people from different religions, races and political philosophies protested together in the cause of peace.

The rally in Centenary Square was addressed by:
     A speaker from the Green Party
     Carol Naughton from CND
     Marsha Singh MP
     Councillor Mukhtar Ali
     Richard Searle from The National Stop the War Coalition
     The Bishop of Bradford
     Wahida Shaffi from Bradford Stop the War
     Alan Simpson MP from Labour Against the War

There was a multi-faith prayer vigil after the main rally had ended.

Our demonstration was featured on news bulletins all day (some of us had to get to Lister Park at 7am for the first one!) and really helped to focus attention on our arguments and to keep up the pressure on Blair.

7:30am interview with the BBC

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