14th April 2018
NHS not Trident Block on Leeds March for the NHS.
Location: In Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery.
Their mock-Trident trailer pushed through the streets of Leeds again as part of the NHS not Trident block of the regional 'March for the NHS'. The horror of the conflict in Syria is clear, but the choice is not, as presented in some sections of the media, between bombing and inaction. The civilian casualties in Syria which now number in the hundreds of thousands stem from the flow of thousands of tonnes of arms into the region. The UK shares it's proportion of the blame, alongside Russia, the US, Iran, Israel and others. It's also important to remember that the UK is already involved in active bombing in Syria and has been since 2015 and any invasion would be counter to international law.
The UK Government should press for an immediate ceasefire; support the investigations of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW); and provide aid for the civilian population as well as refugee for those fleeing the crisis. As Dave Webb wrote in the Yorkshire Post, "Further military action will only increase the likelihood of this terrible conflict growing into a wider Middle East conflict, and potentially a direct conflict between major nuclear-armed states. CND works for 'the prevention and cessation of wars in which nuclear weapons may be used' and this is a clear example of such a situation."