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Online Meeting of Newcastle Stop the War

Stop the Massacre in Yemen! No More Arms for Saudi Arabia!

On Tuesday, October 6, Newcastle Stop the War held its second online meeting attended by activists and friends in a discussion that focused on building the opposition to Britain's support for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed since 2015 and where 85,000 children have died and millions have been displaced and in need of assistance.

The meeting was chaired by Roger Nettleship and he introduced firstly Kirsten Bayes, Local Outreach Coordinator of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), who gave a detailed overview of of Britain's arming of the worlds' conflicts undertaken by and in the interests of the US and Britain, Britain's arming and support for the Saudi war and CAAT's recent High Court success in blocking the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for a year before the government ignored their own laws! But the resistance continues!

The Chair then introduced David McAllister, Newcastle Stop the War, who spoke about the war's exposure of what Britain and the US had done in the region and that the massacre in Yemen was only possible because of that Anglo-US support for Saudi Arabia, driven by their corporate imperialist interests. He outlined the actions of the British government as well as the opposition of the people.

The talks were followed by discussion and there were a number of important contributions on how to continue the resistance to this and other wars in the current conditions. The need is to put the working class movement and people in control of the decisions and not the corporate interests of the war industries. The need is also to transform the economy so that it meets the needs of the people and not the present dominance of arms production.

At the end, after announcements, the chair and speakers encouraged people to join further in discussions and activities.

Visit website to hear audio files of the speakers Kirsten Bayes and David McAllister: http://www.northeaststopwar.org.uk

(Newcastle Stop the War Coalition)


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