Covering the Country in Protest – No to War in Ukraine Global Day of Action Report | Stop the War

Thousands of protestors across the UK joined the No to War in Ukraine Global Day of Action yesterday. The whole country was covered in protest with over 50 events taking place over the weekend from the Isle of Wight to Aberdeen – thank you to everyone who joined their local protest!

The huge day of events reflects the widespread desire for peace in the Ukraine amongst the British public with a ceasefire and the withdrawal of all Russian troops top of the demands throughout the demonstrations and vigils. A recognition of the dangers of any nuclear conflict was also at the forefront of people’s minds, as was an understanding that NATO’s aggressive expansion over the past 30 years has also played a role in sparking the current conflict.

Stop the War Convenor, Lindsey German, said the conflict in Ukraine reminded her of the ‘sickness and horror’ of the Vietnam War – the first war she protested against in a lifetime of anti-war activity. She went on to remind the crowd that the current conflict hasn’t just begun in the last few weeks but has its origins in the post-Cold War world where the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and the bombing of Libya have helped create the conditions that have led to Russia’s invasion. She concluded by stating that ‘the anti-war movement is not going to take lessons from our government in how to fight for peace’ and that Stop the War ‘will continue to fight for a just peace for everyone across the world’.

Covering the Country in Protest – No to War in Ukraine Global Day of Action Report | Stop the War