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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Scots protest against Afghan strikes
Protesters
More than 1,000 people attended the demonstration
Around 1,500 people have taken to the streets of Glasgow in protest at bombing of Afghanistan.

The demonstrators assembled in George Square on Saturday morning to call for an immediate end to air strikes against the Taleban regime.

Several groups, including CND, Unison and the Scottish Socialist Party, were represented at the rally.

Police said that the demonstration passed off peacefully.

George Galloway
George Galloway: "Crime of massacre"
Outspoken Labour MP George Galloway led calls for an immediate end to military action.

Mr Galloway said innocent people would lose their lives during the bombardment.

He said: "To follow a crime of massacre with another crime of massacre is equally unconscionable and I believe it is also a terrorist act."

The Glasgow Kelvin MP said the military confrontation was a mismatch and called on President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair to use diplomatic channels in their fight against terrorism.

"It is like putting Mike Tyson in the ring with a small child and for Tyson then to savagely beat it round after round for 15 rounds," he said.

Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan said he was "encouraged" that the demonstration was the third and biggest yet since military strikes started against Afghanistan on Sunday.

Strathclyde Police said the protesters assembled in Glasgow's George Square before moving off to march through the city centre.

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