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Last Updated:  Thursday, 3 April, 2003, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Anti-war protesters maintain pressure
Anti-war protest at Pebble Mill, Birmingham
UK set for more anti-war protests
Anti-war protesters in the UK are planning another wave of demonstrations as coalition troops draw near to the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Media outlets are the focus of Thursday's events, co-ordinated by the Stop the War coalition.

The group says maintaining its campaign is still relevant despite the continuing hostilities.

The Sun newspaper's headquarters in London is being targeted because of what the campaigners say is its pro-war coverage.

In Newcastle, activists took part in a demonstration outside the BBC's offices in Barrack Road, echoing similar protests in London last month.

Also taking place in the capital is a meeting of a group called Americans Against the War, which is being addressed by US-based campaigners on the progress of the peace campaign there.

They are deliberately confusing, distorting and misrepresenting the actual images of war and they are also not being balanced
Campaigner Oscar Reynes on News International

Protesters outside the Sun are planning a 'die-in' - lying on the road as though dead - in an attempt to block the entrance to the offices in Wapping, East London

Campaigners claim the Sun and the News of the World - News International's other tabloid produced at Wapping - are misrepresenting the war in Iraq.

Oscar Reyes, a student at Essex University and a member of Student Action, the group behind the protest, told BBC Radio Five Live: "They are deliberately confusing, distorting and misrepresenting the actual images of war and they are also not being balanced."

He also criticised what he said was an assumption that anyone against the war was in favour of the Iraqi regime retaining its grip on power.

BBC target

It is not only national newspapers that are provoking protest group anger.

Demonstrators will line Whitehall with images of casualties and potential casualties of the war on Iraq.

The BBC's Barrack Road offices in Newcastle will be the scene of a similar protest - not the first time the Corporation will have come under fire in this way.

Last weekend about 300 campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations outside BBC offices in Birmingham and London.

They claim the BBC has failed to give adequate coverage to the Iraq conflict and accused the corporation of being overly influenced by Prime Minister Tony Blair.




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