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Anti-war campaigners vow to oppose Johnson's ‘intervention ideology’

CEREN SAGIR reports from Stop the War's annual conference

ANTI-WAR campaigners have vowed to oppose any military attack on Iran amid mounting tensions in the region.

Stop the War Coalition national officer Chris Nineham told the movement’s annual conference on Saturday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is committed to an “intervention ideology” and a “slavish” pro-US Brexit deal.

“Boris Johnson’s government is trying to push us as close as possible to Washington in regards to policies on Iran,” Mr Nineham said.

“This is happening at a time where Trump’s foreign policy is drastically escalating intervention and warmongering, and ramping up tensions and backing some of the most reactionary regimes.
 
“It’s not hard to see within this bleak situation the importance of an organised and strengthened anti-war organisation.”

Mr Nineham added: “Every British government knows now that when considering war they will face a backlash [from the public].

“We have the first leader of the Labour Party who is clearly opposed to war.
 
“The struggle for change and for a new foreign policy [will] face huge resistance from the Establishment.

“A great majority in Britain are in opposition [to war] – bigger now than ever.”

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad told the conference that Mr Johnson “is a man of no substance” who will cheerfully meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom she branded “one of the most dangerous men in the world.”
 
She said: “Our economy is built on going into war.

“We want to boost our economy, but [the government is] focusing our industry on destruction.

“It’s time to have the most anti-war prime minister and government, but also one who is pro-peace and anti-austerity.”

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