Over a thousand protesters marched through the streets of Bristol, just hours before MPs voted to expand the bombing campaign of Daesh to Syria. The bombing campaign in Iraq has already cost more than £13 million in May 2015, according to the MoD.
Protesters demanded that the government prioritise diplomatic and political negotiations to halt the Syrian civil war, put pressure on the Turkish authorities to stop allowing its borders to be used for the supply of arms and fighters into Syria, and end all funding and arms sales to regimes in the region who are supporting Daesh.
The mass movement was organised by the Bristol Stop the War Coalition, who believe that further allied military escalation in Syria will only result in chaos, destruction and the loss of innocent lives, whilst removing the chance of a self-determined future in the country.
By Oli Broadhead.