Islanders invited to protest against UK government’s missile strikes in Syria

Islanders are invited to attend a gathering in Newport on Monday evening to protest against the missile strikes carried out by the British in Syria.

don't bomb syria

Vix shares details of this event taking place on Monday. Ed

Residents on the #Isle of Wight will add their voice to the condemnation of the UK government ordering their armed forces to bomb Syria, at a demonstration on Monday evening (16th April).

People will gather at St Thomas’ Square, Newport, from 6pm.

All are welcome to attend the event in Newport, to stand up against the escalation of the conflict and for more peaceful, legal and diplomatic solutions.

On the brink of enormous conflict
Vix Lowthion, Freshwater Parish Councillor said,

“Our government is taking us deeper into a conflict, following an unstable US President and against the wishes of the UK people.

“Join us in doing what we can and making a public stand against this pursuit of militarism, threatening to bring the world to the brink of an enormous conflict.”

For further information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Image: alisdare under CC BY 2.0

Sunday, 15th April, 2018 10:40am



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16 Comments on "Islanders invited to protest against UK government’s missile strikes in Syria"

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Gerrymandering strikes again.
Why would anyone, except rent-a-mob, protest at a positive move to eradicate chemical weapons?

Thumbs down from the misguided political persuasion, I expect, but there are more important issues at stake here, than political point-scoring.

If you took the time to actually read the post properly you would understand that the protest is not against taking positive action to stop chemical weapons. It’s to protest the use of barbaric violence and rash decisions our government is using to stop the use of chemical weapons. Without proper diplomatic approach and an actual investigation, we are just hurling bombs and killing people out of… Read more »
Sally Perry

? political point scoring

Vix Lowthion

That’s not what Gerrymandering means..


In the context used, I think you know quite clearly what is meant.
Many words words in the English language have numerous meanings, such as pedantic?


bigj, I really agree with the essence of your point and upvoted it, but I really don’t think gerrymandering has as many uses as you’d like?


What chemical weapons bigj? It’s not been proved beyond doubt that there even was a chemical attack, let alone who conducted it! All too reckless and obvious to react so strongly and prematurely on the allegations of rebel first responders. If you’re against political point scoring I urge you to come along and protest the actions of May and Trump tomorrow ;-)

Mark L Francis

We always get involved in the Middle East to sort out the mess we made the last time we intervened. Eventually we have to stop doing it. Why do we feel its our business anyway? You don’t find Sweden or Belgium wanting to blow things up on “moral” grounds each year.


Well she achieved that much. I actually went to the trouble of looking her up and found she represents the Green party. Her comments could make sense if all the other governments thought the same way. But in the real world they don’t. Reminds me of Chamberlain.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence… Read more »
The gathering, as the picture suggests is just a bit of sabre rattling in your best togs, before a jolly in the pub, to discuss the negative content of the current democratically elected government. Similarly, Corbyn is using the media circus to say nothing constructive. It’s about the people of Syria???? Only last week you were all taking to your soapbox to protest about the use of… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
This gathering is about as far away from ‘political point scoring’ as you can get. It’s about the people of Syria, being subject to an unstable US President and us supporting him. It’s about the unwillingness of our government to put central to a foreign policy strategy the long term solutions to the regional conflict. THere are many, better, more effective and less gun-ho solutions than bombing… Read more »

I would say that the purpose of the event is to keep your name in people’s minds.

Vix, your sense of perspective seems to be lacking? The people of Syria are increasingly subject to the will of Assad and the will of Putin. That has gone so far as to let them think that chemical weapons against those whom they dislike is reasonable. No one here agrees it is not, but I’m siding with those who think the Western response was reasonable, proportionate and… Read more »

Should have said “agrees it is reasonable”!