November 13 London Protest: No comeback for the war criminal Tony Blair at UCL ~ Stop the War Coalition.
Dear UCL Management,
We note with great concern that you have invited former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to speak at the inaugural conference of the ‘Institute for Security and Resilience’ on 13th November.
Mr Blair took our country to war against Iraq in flagrant violation of the UN Charter and in doing so committed the international crime of aggression.
Mr Blair was explicitly warned by Lord Goldsmith of the illegality of such a war and that he risked being prosecuted for this offence. As a result of the war, up to a million innocent Iraqis were killed.
A leading education centre should not be seen to endorse such behaviour. We therefore urge you to reconsider allowing Mr Blair to speak at your event. We will be supporting protests if the invitation stands.
Tony Benn President, Stop the War Coalition • John PilgerJournalist • Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition • Jeremy Corbyn MP Chair, Stop the War Coalition •Sam Gaus Democracy & Communications Officer, University College London Union • Matthew Beaumont Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University College London • Sami Ramadani Senior Lecturer, Sociology, London Metropolitan University • John Yandell Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education • Arshin Adib-Moghaddam Reader in Comparative Politics & International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies • Adam Hanieh Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies • Des Freedman Reader in Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London • Mark Curtis Writer
Protest Tuesday 13 November 11am
War criminals & arms dealers out of our universities
Main Entrance, University College London WC1E 6BT
Tony Blair, John Reid and Michael Gove are among the speakers at the inaugural conference of the UCL Institute for Security & Resilience Studies.
Join Stop the War to protest against war criminals like Tony Blair and his friends speaking at a conference to promote the interests of arms dealers in our universities.
It is a disgrace that Blair should show his face anywhere in public, least of all in a place of learning. The damage this conference will do, indeed has already done, to the reputation of higher education only compounds that of the gross involvement of the arms industry. Read more…
- | TruthTeller: Why it is Tony Blair and not me who should be in the dock on 16 November! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Tony Blair: British business should exploit potential of Iraq after ‘self-sacrifice’ of troops (telegraph.co.uk)
- Another Bliar Comeback? How Many More? (ukgovernmentwatch.wordpress.com)
- Why Tony Blair Is A War Criminal Who Should Be On Trial In The Hague (activistpost.com)
- Busy Week For Activists – 16 November 9am Highgate Court House N6 4HS (ukgovernmentwatch.wordpress.com)