An anti-war protest focusing on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to Britain’s plans to replace a missile system has taken place in the UK. Thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations in London and Glasgow in Scotland. The rallies were organised by the Stop the War coalition, which is calling for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq.
Protesters from other groups have warned against a military strike on Iran, and there were shows of support for the Palestinians. Anti-nuclear protesters also voiced opposition to the plan to replace Britain’s Trident missile system. Organisers say more than 60,000 people turned out in London; the police put the figure at about 10,000. The protests came on the day Britain also confirmed it has had talks with Washington about cooperating in a US missile defence system.