Green Party in England & Wales
Green Assembly Member attends vigil for war dead
Today the death toll of British soldiers serving in Iraq has reached one
Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones will today attend a vigil at
Parliament Square, where names of the 100 British soldiers who have died in
Iraq will be read aloud.
The location of the demonstration makes it illegal, and Jenny, who is a
member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, will, like all the protesters,
be in contravention of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
Jenny Jones, Greater London Assembly Member comments, "These deaths are a
tragedy and need never have taken place. A million people marched on the
streets of London to send the message to Tony Blair that this war would not
be an honourable one, and it is evident that British soldiers are dying for
an unjustified cause.
"The British went to war in Iraq as a pre-emptive strike against alleged
Weapons of Mass Destruction which have failed to materialise. While a
vicious dictator, Saddam Hussein, has been toppled from power, the lack of
any strategic planning by the invading US and British governments on how to
re-build Iraq in the aftermath has resulted in continuing insecurity in the
"Tony Blair knows he has made a terrible error in dragging our country into
this behind the Bush administration and his law against collective action in
the area of Westminster is simply an attempt to silence his critics.
"I am happy to risk arrest for something I care so much about. This law is
utterly ludicrous, and suppresses free speech and civil liberties, something
we are supposed to be building in Iraq right now.