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WAR ON TERRORISM: Scotland's peace kids reach out.

TWO children try desperately to keep warm in Afghanistan as bombs, hunger and homelessness continued to blight their lives.

Thousands of miles away children in Glasgow showed that their plight was not forgotten as they joined their parents in an anti-war demonstration.

Along with the adults, they helped form a human chain around the Ministry of Defence Building, Kentigern House.

Around 500 campaigners held banners with the messages "The world needs justice not vengeance" and "scatter bread not bombs".

In a message to organisers, maverick MP Tam Dalyell said: "I urge people to support this rally because mass demonstrations around the world are an essential part of challenging the drive towards war."

The marchers then snaked their way towards the city's George Square, stopping briefly for a sit-down protest in nearby Queen Street.

There, they listened to various speeches condemning the actions by Britain and the US.

Alan MacKinnon, chairman of the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War, said: "The strategy by the Allies is clearly not working.

"After weeks of conflict, the Taliban have still not been defeated and bin Laden is still free. This protest is aimed at trying to stop the war."

Protester Adam Ross, a student at Glasgow University, added: "More and more people are saying they don't believe in the action against Afghanistan.

"The people here today are proof of that. It's important people make their views known."

Police had officers on standby to protect the City Chambers but the protest remained peaceful.

Chief Inspector Harry Young said: "The protest has been very orderly and there have been no problems."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 28, 2001
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