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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 3, 2003
7:31 AM

CONTACT:  Stop the War Coalition
Chris Nineham 07930 536 519
Andrew Burgin 07939 242 229

Global Anti-War Movement Announces Plans to Escalate Resistance.
 
WASHINGTON - March 3 - On Saturday March 1 representatives from the anti war movement from 26 countries and three continents met together in London to plan the next steps in the world campaign against war on Iraq.

All countries reported rapidly growing opposition, and the meeting mapped out a plan of escalating action over the next weeks to try to stop war, including student occupations, mass direct action, strikes and popular assemblies against war. (See statement below)

If war starts the meeting called on the movements across the world to organise mass protests on the day of an attack in every town and city and mass demonstrations in every capital city the following Saturday.

Statement issued by the London Meeting of the international coordination against war March 1st 2003:

Following the unprecedented success of the global anti war day on February 15 we announce a massive escalation of action in the next weeks to try to prevent war. We believe a war on Iraq is wrong whether it has the backing of the United Nations or not.

There will be direct action at military installations and to stop military transport, mass pressure on parliamentary and United Nations representatives, student strikes and occupations, workplace industrial action, the establishment of peoples' assemblies and popular consultations against war. Every day now is crucial in the campaign to stop war. In many countries there will be mass demonstrations on International Womens' Day March 8.

In many countries there will be demonstrations, protests and mass civil disobedience on March 15 in solidarity with the 'Converge on the White House' demonstration in Washington.

March 21st will be wherever possible a day of workplace solidarity against war. This will involve workplace assemblies and various forms of industrial action. In some countries national strike action against war is being already being planned on this day. We call on trade unions everywhere to support and promote action against war on March 21st.

We put the warmongers on notice that if they ignore world opinion and launch a new attack on Iraq there will be a tidal wave of resistance.

On the day of an attack we call for mass protests in the centre of every town and city in the world.

The following Saturday we call for mass demonstrations in every capital city.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Iraq in urging everyone, everywhere to play their part in trying to stop this insane war.

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