CAMPAIGNERS from Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum were joined by Oswestry peace groups last Saturday for a morning of action calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
While thousands demonstrated in London and across the country as part of a national day of action, passers-by in Wrexham were invited to sign a giant letter to Tony Blair. More than 300 people signed the letter during the morning, while a further 90 signed individual letters of protest.
The protesters also handed out leaflets about the worsening situation in Iraq, as well as copies of the group's newsletter - Wrexham Peace & Justice News.
Spokeswoman Genny Bove said: 'The Coalition Forces have totally lost the confidence of the people of Iraq and will never be able to restore peace and security.
'As the security situation deteriorates by the day, more innocent people are being killed and British troops are under ever-increasing danger of attack.
'Far from 'winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people', the occupation has been managed so badly that almost all Iraqis now support the resistance move-ment.'
She added: 'I would like to see an international peace-keeping force which is acceptable to the Iraqi people replacing the current occupation forces, but the most important issue right now is to get US and UK forces out of Iraq.
'The idea that we are currently calming the situation by our presence is ridiculous. Coalition troops are part of the problem, not part of the solution.'
Ms Bove added: 'Any new peace-keeping force should not include Coalition troops, as the Iraqis are under no illusions about the intentions of the occupiers. Iraqis know the handover of sovereignty in June will be a sham, with their army, oil and economy still controlled by the Coalition.
'In addition, the new administration will not be able to reverse any of the laws imposed by the US since the occupation began.'
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