Thousands hit the streets in UK against Syria airstrikes
Nov 29, London: Thousands of people demonstrated in London and Madrid to protest against the government’s plans to bomb Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria.
At least 5,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday carrying placards reading "Don't bomb Syria", "Drop Cameron, not bombs", and "Don't add fuel to the fire,” news reports said.
The protests, organised at short notice by the Stop the War Coalition, followed renewed calls for military action against the terror group in the wake of the attacks in Paris two weeks ago.
The Stop the War Coalition protest movement said, “British Prime Minister David Cameron's incoherent proposals for action in Syria will do nothing to weaken ISIL, but will instead inflame the civil war, deepen the misery of the Syrian people, and increase the terrorist risk."
According to news reports, Cameron on Thursday laid out the case for British fighter jets, already bombing ISIL targets in Iraq, to join France, the US, and others in targeting ISIL strongholds in neighbouring Syria.
Protesters answered a "not in our name" petition from dozens of artists that received about 34,000 online signatures to date, as European governments consider joining the air war in Syria.
The Oslo Times