Page last updated at 10:34 GMT, Sunday, 15 November 2009

City vigil supports Awol soldier

L/Cpl Joe Glenton
L/Cpl Joe Glenton went Awol in 2007

A demonstration has been held in the home city of a soldier who is facing a jail term for protesting against the war in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Joe Glenton has been charged with disobeying a lawful order after joining an anti-war march in London last month.

The 27-year-old, from York, has already appeared before a court accused of being absent without leave (Awol) after refusing to return to Afghanistan.

More than 200 people signed a petition in support of the solider at the demo.

The two-hour event on Saturday was organised by York Against the War.

In custody

John Heawood, from the organisation, said: "I don't think he's a coward, I don't think someone who deliberately courts 10 years in prison is a coward.

"He's saying, 'this is wrong, we shouldn't be there'."

At the march in Trafalgar Square, L/Cpl Glenton addressed more than 5,000 protesters and said the sights he witnessed during his time in Afghanistan forced him to question the morality of his role.

Supporters at the protest in York
The protest was organised by York Against the War

He appeared in court in Aldershot, Hampshire, on Tuesday and is being held in custody.

The charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.

Having joined the Army in 2004, L/Cpl Glenton, who is based at Abingdon in Oxfordshire, allegedly went Awol in 2007 before handing himself in after two years and six days.

He appeared before a court martial in August where his case was adjourned until November.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Demo in support of Awol soldier
12 Nov 09 |  North Yorkshire
Wife's anger over soldier arrest
11 Nov 09 |  North Yorkshire
Soldier charged after war protest
11 Nov 09 |  North Yorkshire
Soldier 'proud' of anti-war march
23 Oct 09 |  North Yorkshire
Awol accused soldier 'no coward'
01 Sep 09 |  North Yorkshire
Soldier takes war protest to PM
30 Jul 09 |  North Yorkshire
L/Cpl Joe Glenton's letter to the PM
30 Jul 09 |  North Yorkshire

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific