Sunday, April 11, 1999 Published at 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Protesters call for end to bombing
About 2,000 people marched to Trafalgar Square
Thousands of demonstrators have demanded Nato stop its bombing campaign during a rally in central London.
They were followed by about 400 pro-Nato demonstrators, mainly from the Albanian community, who jeered and whistled from behind barriers at the entrance to The Mall.
Several backbench Labour MPs - including Tony Benn and Tam Dalyell - gave their support to the protest.
"Bombing serves no purpose. It is counterproductive," he said as crowds whistled and shouted slogans around him.
"Two years ago over 200,000 people had a demonstration far louder than this in Belgrade against Milosevic. Those same people last week demonstrated for him. Now public opinion is entrenched behind him. This is what bombing does."
It believes the alliance's case for military action is "unpersuasive" and wants a solution found through mediation and negotiations.
The group is calling for strengthened peacekeeping measures "without escalation of the conflict by military intervention", while condemning all atrocities committed in the region.
War money 'should be spent on aid'
Veteran Labour MP Tony Benn outlined the views of many of the protesters.
"And we want the UN to take back responsibility for finding a peaceful solution for the problems in the Balkans."
Earlier in the day he said any decision on action should have been made through the United Nations, not Nato. "What America and Britain is trying to do is take over Europe in the name of Nato," he said.
"Unless decent public opinion is informed, and unless it is marshalled to stop the bombing, I believe that Serbia will suffer the kind of ferocity of attack that we won't know about," he said.
CND campaigner Bruce Kent paid tribute to the Serb people, calling them "incredibly brave" over the years and in their resistance to the Nazis during World War II.
"I am not speaking for this flag or that flag, I am speaking for human beings who are suffering."
'No u-turn' for Nato
As marchers protested along the Mall, Nato and the UK Ministry of Defence insisted the campaign would continue until President Milosevic backed down.
He told a news briefing in London that the US would send 82 warplanes and the UK would deploy an additional aircraft carrier, HMS Invincible, and two support ships.