Q. Who are Stop the War?
A. Stop The War Coalition is a British group.
Q. How long have they been established for?
A. They established on 21st September 2001 shortly after 9/11 when George W Bush announced the ‘war on terror’
Q. What do they stand for?
A. The group campaigns against what they believe to be unjust war. They are also committed to supporting Palestinian rights and opposing racism & Islamophobia.Q. Where are they based?
A. Stop The War based all over the country. The closest one to Bournemouth is the Yeovil and West Dorset group.
Q. Can anyone join Stop the War?
A. Individuals can become members of the group however members must support the aims of Stop the War as set out in their constitution.
Q. Have they done any demonstrations?
A. They have organised around 40 demonstrations including the largest protests in Britain on 15th February 2003. Two million gathered on the streets of London to oppose the Iraq War.
Q. What are the groups key messages?
They have two key messages. ‘Against the racist backlash’ Which is the war against Afghanistan where it would be seen as a perceived attack on Islam and Muslims or those perceived as Muslim would face racial attacks in UK if the government joined the war. To prevent this, they worked closely with the Muslim Association of Britain. The other key messages is ‘defend civil liberties’ and campaign against restrictions.
Q. When do the groups meet?
A. They meet every second Monday of the month.
Q. Who is the President of the Dorset one?
A. There are two spokesmen for the group; John Burbidge and Ken Keable.
Q. How many groups are there across the country?
A. There are 66 groups across the country.
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