Around 400 people yesterday rallied outside the US embassy in London, against any attack and sanctions on Iran and Syria.
The protest drew together Iranian and Syrian long-time peace activists, and the Anonymous Hacktivism group.
Protesters waved banners demanding the countires should not be attacked, declaring they want freedom and not another war.
Speakers from the stage made two key points. The first that Western military intervention has been a disaster. The second that sanctions only serve to damage and threaten the lives of ordinary people.
The West’s latest threats against Iran are drawing new people into the movement. Labour MP John McDonnell addressed the rally. He said it is a dangerous situation, where people cannot get away with starting more wars of destruction across the globe’ McDonnell asked for people to stand in solidarity for justice in these countries.
John Rees, a Stop the War Coalition activist, said the uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a year ago proved that oppressed people in the Middle East could fight for themselves. He said this was done without bombers, bullets, tanks, soldiers, the United States, Britain, or any of the Western powers.
The Stop the War Coalition called the protest. It is organising a day of action on February 11th to highlight the threats against Syria and Iran and to put pressure on the British government.