Protesters Rally Against UK's Syria Airstrikes

Protesters Rally Against UK's Syria Airstrikes

More than 1,000 people have taken part in a rally in central London to protest against the Government's decision to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Organisers of the protest were expecting large crowds to march on Downing Street, partly because of the high profile support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn did not attend the rally, yet instead sent a message to be read out on his behalf.

On Friday night, he spoke at a fundraising dinner for the Stop The War organisation, declaring it to be "a vital force at the heart of our democracy".

He said: "It has brought hundreds of thousands of people on to the streets time & again. It has organised protests & lobbies in every part of the country, including by military families.

"Most of all, it has been shown to be right in opposing more than a decade of disastrous wars – in Afghanistan, Iraq & Libya – while many of its most vociferous critics supported them."

Speakers at Saturday's protest – which finished on Whitehall – lined up to voice their anger at the UK's decision to bomb Syria.

One man, who gave his name as Tony, labelled Prime Minister David Cameron as "insane" & "evil" for pursuing a more aggressive approach.

He said: "You can't bomb your way to peace."

Nancy Taaffe, from the Socialist Party, told the crowd: "We've been here before people, haven't we?

"When we're told approximately peace & reconstruction, & then … we see the bodies coming back, we see the bombs in Baghdad market & the sectarian civil war erupted when they kicked the hornets' nest of the Iraq war."

She added: "We say 'no' to the continued violence, we say 'no' to the terror & we say 'no' to the racism that is the fallout of this war."

Source: “Sky News”