The demonstration on 8 October was a tremendous success and a big victory
for our movement.
It was attended by at least 5,000 people,a hugely impressive turnout for a weekday.
The size and spirit of the march reflected the deep public disgust at the government's continued support for Bush's wars. It also showed the determination of the movement. A feeder march of students from SOAS, Kings, LSE and Scotland were received with cheers as they approached the square, chanting ‘defy the ban, we will march’.
The police's attempt to ban the march, no doubt at the insistence of government ministers, served only to increase the turnout. The scale of the response and the tremendous public stand taken by Tony Benn, Walter Wolfgang, Brian Eno and others made it impossible for the police to stop us on the day.
And so a disturbing assault on our civil liberties was overturned and the views of the anti war majority were delivered to parliame.Tony Benn - Banned Anti-War Demo in London