Around 100 people braved heavy rain and cold in Leeds on Saturday the 12th December to protest and march against the bombing of Syria.
Michael Johnson, Leeds Socialist Party
Special attention during this protest was given to Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central constituency, who despite mass media praise for his speech in parliament while debating bombing Syria has consistently failed to justify his vote in favour of bombing when confronted by his constituents. This anger was reflected by the warm response the march received from Christmas shoppers in Leeds, a number of whom applauded the march as it went past.
The protest concluded by focussing on the fact that the fight against military action in Syria can’t end with a march and the need to further build the movement with speakers reflecting on lessons from previous anti-war movements such as against the war in Iraq and the need to draw people like those who applauded the march into the movement by building campaigns within schools, colleges, universities and workplaces.