Edinburgh police: no anti-war march at G8 summit

Police in Edinburgh are asking for a ban on a major anti-war rally slated for the Scottish capital during the G8 summit meeting, alleging that its organizers have been linked with “violence and disruption.” The UK’s Stop the War Coalition wants to hold the rally four days before the G8 summit opens the first week of July at the nearby resort of Gleneagles.

The same organization has been behind a series of major protests across Britain in recent years. But the Lothian and Borders Police Force say their resources will be stretched to the limit by the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh earlier the same day.

They also claim the coalition has been associated with violence, disruption and an attempt to lay siege to a local police station. The organizers accuse the police of political censorship.

Chris Nineham from the Stop the War Coalition said: “I don’t know what they’re referring to. There’s been 11 national stop the war demonstrations, amongst the biggest this country’s ever seen, and there’s never been any trouble on any of them. This seems to be to a joke really, I don’t think that’s what this is about at all.”

The coalition and the police are said to be at a complete impasse. (Scotland Today, May 26)

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    blah blah fucking blah more pointless self-aggrandising from pompous activists. it must be great thinking that you’re an agent for the forces of truth and justice.”Above all, we are committed to real journalism….our first loyalty is always to the truth.”! eh! dude, truth and political opinions don’t mix well and everything i’ve read on your site so far has at best been opinion. rein in your luke skywalker fantasy this is’nt the rebellion against the empire and you’re no jedi, twat maybe.

    1. Actually, it IS the rebellion against the Empire
      But fortunately, you aren’t smart enough to be a Sith. Maybe a mediocre Tuscan Raider at best. Did you see any opinion in the above post? No, that one was all objective fact, so a very poor choice to make this particular point. Why don’t you go back to the god-forsaken sands of Tatooine, eh?

  2. censorship
    Your comment has been queued for moderation by site administrators and will be published after approval” what’s this? censorship from the Real Journos for Truth and Justice? how can you censor me after the following “The organizers accuse the police of political censorship.” you bunch of goalpost shifting, halo polishing wanna-be’s. clearly censorship is ok when you are doing the censoring, only to distill the truth of course, eh. you fucking wankers