Defend UK refusenik Joe
4 - 5 March 2010
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?
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:
used to freeze when I heard the word ’Afghanistan’ on radio or
TV. The sense of relief knowing that it wasn’t Joe was soon
replaced by a flood of guilt thinking about the family who were
receiving the military visit. How many other families anywhere
behave the same way, and in Afghanistan how many mothers have
the same emotion on a minute by minute basis, how much greater
is their concern.”
Sue Glenton interviewed by
Italian weekly L’espresso,
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
Contact or picket UK embassies, consulates and other
Demonstrate at US bases to protest NATO and support US refuseniks.
5 March, boycott British airlines, banks, BP petrol stations and
shops selling British goods. Let the public know if you can.
Leaflet, send this email and spread the news about the International
Actions in your networks.
Tell Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth to drop the
Tell your elected representatives that support for the invasion of
Afghanistan is a
vote loser: the
Netherlands government has already
collapsed over it.
See list of actions
picket outside the UK Embassy, Moscow, in Joe’s support. Banner
reads: It's better to be a deserter than a killer.
model letter –
people in 29 countries have already signed. We will deliver
it to the MoD in London, between 1-2pm on 4 March the day before
the court martial – join us there if you can. On 5 March,
Gordon Brown will answer a few polite questions at the Chilcot
Inquiry about his complicity as Chancellor of the Exchequer in
the Iraq war. Joe is risking his freedom that same day for
refusing to kill.
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
we can publicise your actions on our website
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
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