‘Troops out’ petition launched

Stop the War Coalition collecting signatures outside office of Tanya Pliberseks MHR. Photo: Peter Boyle

Anti-war activists took to the streets on July 15 outside Labor MP Tanya Plibersek's office to collect support for a giant “troops out” petition that will be presented to the new pro-war PM Julia Gillard.

With a federal election looming, and at least 61% of Australians opposed to Australia having troops in Afghanistan, Stop the War Coalition is organising to increase the pressure for a withdrawal.

Coalition spokesperson Marlene Obeid said: "We do not have any confidence in the Australia-US alliance, which is, after all a war alliance and is helping prop up the corrupt Hamid Kazai government. Afghans want peace, but a peace process cannot happen while foreign forces are occupying the country.”

More actions are being planned outside MPs offices in the lead-up to the elections. To help out, call Pip on 0412 139 968 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0412 139 968      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0412 139 968      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0412 139 968      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.stopwarcoalition.org.