On 5 March UK refusenik Joe Glenton faces court martial and possibly two years in jail for going AWOL (absent without leave). According to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), soldiers have gone on the run from their posts on more than 17,000 occasions since 2003.
WHY PICK ON JOE GLENTON? Because Joe has spoken publicly about his refusal to take part in the war and occupation of Afghanistan. The steady drumbeat of attacks on civilians continues: On 21 February, 33 civilians including women and children were killed in Uruzgan province in a NATO airstrike on a convoy of vehicles. When will the killing end?
Joe was jailed in November 2009 and released on condition that he no longer speaks publicly against the war. His wife Clare has continued to speak on his behalf and so has his mother Sue:
On or around Friday 5 March, we invite you to take action to defend Joe Glenton, the first soldier in Europe to publicly refuse to fight in Afghanistan:
There have been actions in Joe’s defence in Russia, New Zealand, Germany and Poland. Stop the War coalition has called for a picket at the court in Colchester.Whatever you and others you know plan to do, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can publicise your actions on our website www.refusingtokill.net and to the press.
Most people don’t support the occupation of Afghanistan.
It is war criminals who should be put on trial, not Joe Glenton!
REFUSING TO KILL IS NOT A CRIME -- JOE GLENTON IS INNOCENT OK!
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