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Ben Griffin visits UK CO Michael Lyons in prison 9 August 2011
Conscientious objector Michael Lyons sentenced to 7 months' imprisonment 5 July 2011

Navy medic detained for refusing training over WikiLeaks claims - after developing moral objections to Afghanistan conflict 5 July 2011

Malalai Joya Kill teams in Afghanistan I must report that Afghans do not believe this to be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe that the brutal actions of these "kill teams" reveal the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. 30 March 2011
Sex, violence, and drugs land ex-servicemen behind bars An estimated 20,000 veterans are now in prison, on probation or on parole 19 September 2010
A letter from families of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan"....This war is not making the world a safer place and not helping the Afghan people. Wounded troops are not being given proper treatment. The casualty rate is going up on both sides and the war is unwinnable. If we stay in Afghanistan until 2015, as the government plans, hundreds more soldiers and thousands more civilians may die". 3 September 2010
Joe Glenton article on Afghanistan 'This wasn't a war about liberation, it was about strategic influence; about economics and mineral wealth' 14 August 2010
When daddy goes to war "He thinks the war is his fault because he's the son of a soldier....I was taking him to school the other day and he said, 'Why isn't Afghanistan over now? All my life it's been going on – aren't all the baddies dead yet?'" 12 May 2010
Soldier who refused to serve in Afghanistan loses appeal "I don't believe our cause is just....I think it's adversely affecting the Afghan people as well as the British Army and their families. I think it has become part of the problem rather than the solution." 22 April 2010
21 April: Joe Glenton's appeal: Call for International Actions
Helmand governor seizes Italian medics  Arrests were an attempt by the Afghan government to silence a "troublesome witness" to the suffering of civilians 11 April 2010
Tony Benn compares war protester Joe Glenton with India’s Mahatma Gandhi Talking about people such as Gandhi who had been prepared to stand up against authority for their beliefs, even if it meant imprisonment, Mr Benn then said: “I think Joe is in that tradition and should be supported.” 26 March 2010
"Declare war to the war!" - Antiwar picket in Moscow Against participation of US/NATO military operations in Afghanistan, and also in support of refusenik-antimilitarist Joe Glenton. 28 March 2010
UPDATE: Joe Glenton jailed for nine months (English, Français, Italiano)

STOP PRESS, 5 March: Joe Glenton jailed for nine months BBC News, Guardian & Observer

Calendar of international actions 5 March 2010
Drop the charges against Joe Glenton. MOD, London - Pictures 5 March 2010
British soldier who spoke out against Afghan war jailed for going awol  Joe Glenton, a cause celebre for the anti-war movement, sentenced to nine months' detention in a military prison 5 March 2010

International actions to Defend Joe Glenton (italiano) 24 February 2010

List of countries of signatories of the Joe Glenton petition

See flyer to defend Joe Glenton: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish & sign the model letter.
Sue Glenton's speech in Vicenza, 21 February 2010 
and interviewed by the Italian weekly L'espresso. 20 February 2010
Moscow demonstration for Joe Glenton.  There was a picket in support of lance corporal Joe Glenton, that was organised by anarchists involving members of "Autonomous action".  Activists showed their solidarity to Glenton's decision, unwrapped the banner "It's better to be deserter, than to be killer" and passing out antiwar leaflets.15 January 2010
Here's one soldier who told the truth about this war Joe Glenton might have escaped arrest if he'd been prepared to keep his opposition to the war quiet, rather than speak about his experience a soldier, he's not supposed to air an opinion about the war.....every week there are reports in which soldiers tell us we're slowly winning....none of them get court-martialled....the real crime wasn't to voice an opinion, but to voice the wrong opinion. 6 January 2010
Joe Glenton, refusing to fight in Afghanistan, claims support of fellow soldiers "When I came back to barracks, I was wondering what they would throw at me, but the reaction was heartening.....There were handshakes and a lot of pats on the back. Someone said I was saying what everyone else is thinking. I heard that from several people". 30 October 2009

Rebel serving soldier Joe Glenton uses anti-war march to attack politicians A serving soldier, Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, used an anti-war march in London to accuse politicians of abusing the trust of the Army and servicemen.  24 Oct 2009

Clare Glenton: Holding firm to a moral obligation I realise that while Joe stands to lose his liberty for nothing more than fulfilling his legal and moral duty, the people of Afghanistan have lost and will continue to lose much more as long as this occupation continues. They are victims of terrible crimes.  23 October 2009

Clare Glenton, wife of Lance Corporal Joe Glenton who is accused of Afghanistan desertion, reveals torment in statement read to York meeting 14th October 2009

For the sake of my son, why I refused to shake Blair's blood-covered hands I told him "I don't want to shake your hand. It has blood on it – the blood of my son, the blood of all the other soldiers who died and of the Iraqi people who also died in the war. You took us to war on a lie and you are responsible for all those deaths in Iraq. One day it will come back on you and you'll have to pay for what you did. I don't think you should be here, but I'm going to leave now." 12 October 2009
Soldier To Plead Not Guilty To Desertion A soldier who refuses to return to active duty in Afghanistan has indicated he will plead not guilty to the charge of desertion. 3  August  2009
L Cpl Glenton's Letter To The Prime Minister The war in Afghanistan is not reducing the terrorist risk, far from improving Afghan lives it is bringing death and devastation to their country. Britain has no business there. 30 July 2009
Shocking suicide toll on combat veterans. Britain faces a "ticking timebomb" of mental illness and suicide among young Army veterans who return from hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan, the Conservatives will warn today. 15 July 2009






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