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.