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News :: War and Militarism
Anti-war activist Brian, who camped out in London's Parliament Square since 2001, has died
20 Jun 2011
Peace campaigner Brian Haw has sadly passed away in hospital in Germany after a long battle with lung cancer. Brian Haw's demonstration for peace at London’s Parliament Square started in June 2001 and thus pre-dates the September 11th attacks and the US led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. His protest was initially against the injustice and suffering caused to the people of Iraq by the UN economic sanctions and the bombing of the country by the US and UK.
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Brian Haw R.I.P. (7 January 1949 – 18 June 2011)

Brian Haw's demonstration for peace at London’s Parliament Square started in June 2001 and thus pre-dates the September 11th attacks and the US led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. His protest was initially against the injustice and suffering caused to the people of Iraq by the UN economic sanctions and the bombing of the country by the US and UK.
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http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/06/480998.html

Parliament Square peace campaigner Brian Haw dies

by Paul O'Hanlon, Indymedia UK, 19 June 2011


Long time Parliament Square peace campaigner Brian Haw has sadly passed away in hospital in Germany after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 62.

His nearly decade long presence in London’s Parliament Square caused the establishment no end of problems. He was arrested many times, was assaulted by an employee of the US Embassy and by an Israeli – both assaults resulted in a broken nose and hospitalisation. Parliament even brought in legislation (SOCPA - Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005) specifically to get rid of Brian and his protest by making it illegal to demonstrate within a one kilometre radius of Parliament without police permission. However he successfully argued that as his protest predated the legislation it did not apply to him.

I first met Brian in 2002 and was so taken by his efforts that I tried to get down to London from Edinburgh at least once a year. I wrote a number of Indymedia reports – here is one from 2010 which marked 9 years of the campaign in Parliament Square:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/06/452634.html


Brian’s heroic effort of living 24/7 in such austere conditions will surely not be forgotten. The campaign he started will continue with Melbourne born Barbara ‘Babs’ Tucker.

Here is the website for the campaign:

http://www.brianhaw.tv/index.php
See also:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/06/480998.html

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