Thursday, 16 April 2009

Stop the War Annual Conference plus stop police brutality demo today

> STOP THE WAR COALITION
> NEWSLETTER
> No. 1090 15 April 2009
> Email office@stopwar.org.uk
> Tel: 020 7801 2768
> Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk
>
> IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
> 1) STOP THE WAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
> 2) PROTEST: STOP POLICE BRUTALITY
> 3) STOP THE WAR ON TWITTER
>
> ***************************************************
> 1) STOP THE WAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
> Saturday April 25th
> Camden Community School
> Charrington Street,
> London NW1 1RG
>
> Registration 9am, Conference ends 6pm
>
> Nearest tubes Euston and Kings Cross.
>
> SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Tony Benn, Ken Loach, Karma Nabulsi, George
> Galloway, Rose Gentle, Anas al Tikriti, Andrew Murray, Sami
> Ramadani, Lindsey German, Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Hudson.
>
> Sessions include OBAMA AND THE WAR ON TERROR. TROOPS OUT OF
> AFGHANISTAN, PALESTINE, MUSLIMS & CIVIL LIBERTIES, IRAQ
> BRIEFING, BUILDING STOP THE WAR.
>
> This year has seen the biggest wave of anti war protest in
> years. Up and down the country hundreds of thousands marched
> against Israel's brutal occupation of Gaza. The protests and
> campaigning continue as the deadly blockade of the Gaza
> enclave goes on.
>
> In the last few weeks thousands of anti war protesters
> converged on the NATO conference in Strasbourg to march
> against NATO expansion and the Obama surge in Afghanistan, and
> thousands more joined the anti G20 protests in London.
>
> After 3 months of intense activity the Stop the War
> Coalition's conference will be a chance to assess the state of
> the war on terror under the new presidency and discuss the
> movement's priorities.
>
> The movement faces big challenges. As the fighting intensifies
> in Afghanistan and more British troops are despatched there we
> need to relaunch the campaign to get the troops out.
>
> We have to keep up the pressure on Israel to end the siege of
> Gaza and force our government and the so called international
> community to stop supporting Israel.
>
> We have to tackle the growing Islamophobia which is a direct
> product of the wars our government has backed.
>
> Your local Stop the War group will be sending a delegation to
> the conference - get in touch with them if you want to be
> included or you can register independently with the Stop the
> War office as a delegate if you were a member before 1 Jan
> this year or an observer if you are a new member (you can join
> at the conference).
>
> ENTRY is £10. Phone 020 7801 2768 to book your place.
>
> ***************************************************
> 2) PROTEST: STOP POLICE BRUTALITY
>
> DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST
> THURSDAY 16 APRIL 5.00PM
> NEW SCOTLAND YARD
> 10 BROADWAY, LONDON SW1
> Called by Stop the War, CND, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and
> British Muslim Initiative.
>
> More video evidence has emerged of the unrestrained brutality
> of the policing on the G20 demonstrations. Stop the War has
> experienced the same kind of policing on the Gaza
> demonstrations in January this year and also at the George
> Bush demonstration in June last year.
>
> In one incident on the 3rd January march, police attacked
> marchers in the Hyde Park underpass, creating a situation
> which could have led to serious injury and death. Many
> complaints were made to the IPCC [Independent Police
> Complaints Commission] but that body chose not to proceed with
> an investigation. The IPPC is now discredited and must be
> replaced.
>
> It is clear that there is now a co-ordinated attempt by the
> police to criminalise peaceful protest in this country. This
> is a conspiracy against our democracy which requires serious
> investigation. We will be protesting outside Scotland Yard on
> Thursday 16 April to make this point.
>
> ***************************************************
> 3) STOP THE WAR ON TWITTER
>
> For Stop the War supporters who like to tweat and get the
> latest news about activities and events:
> http://twitter.com/STWCoalition
>
> ******************************************

Egypt seizes $2m aid meant for Gazans

> Egyptian security forces have arrested a man who was attempting to
> transfer USD 2 million of aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip.
>
> The man, named Hassan Mohamed Hassouna, was trying to take the sum
> to the northern Sinai Peninsula from which it was supposed to reach
> the Palestinians, in desperate need of aid after three weeks of
> Israeli onslaught.
>
> Last week, however, the Egyptian security forces arrested Hassouna,
> his driver and eight-year-old son in Cairo before putting the three
> in detention, Reuters reported.
>
> The arrest follows other instances in which Cairo prevented the
> Israeli-blockaded coastal strip from receiving financial assistance.
>
> Substantially restraining the area, Egypt closed its Rafah border
> crossing with the strip when it came under unrelenting Israeli raids
> claiming the border post was an Egyptian-Israeli crossing and should
> not be used without the Tel Aviv's permission.
>
> The Rafah crossing is the Gaza Strip's only border that bypasses
> Israel. Right and Humanitarian groups have been frequently stalled
> in Egypt before they could find their way into the coastal strip to
> deliver aid and supplies.
>
> The Egyptian authorities are also accused of preferential treatment
> towards Hamas' rivaling movement Fatah, during the recent Cairo-
> sponsored peace talks between the two sides.
>
> The two Palestinian groups have been at odd since Hamas took over
> Gaza after Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas sacked the democratically
> elected Ismail Haniyeh as prime minister.
>
> Egypt's actions have prompted strong reactions from the Lebanese
> resistance group Hezbollah which holds Cairo responsible for the
> aggravation of the current oppression against the Palestinian public.

From Press TV