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Welsh white poppy

On the day that Vaughan Gething’s appointment as First Minister of Wales is confirmed, Welsh members of the Peace Pledge Union have urged him to “strive to make Wales a beacon of peace which can provide an example to the rest of the world”.

Troop and police officer on street

General Sir Patrick Sanders' call for a 'citizen army', raising the prospect of military conscription, reflect the increasingly aggressive militarism of the UK political establishment, as well as the broader rise of everyday militarism in the UK.

British pacifists have called the attack by the US and UK on Houthi targets in Yemen a dangerous and irresponsible escalation in a conflict that threatens to engulf the Middle East.

PPU protests in 2023

Spiralling military spending. Peace campaigners under attack in Russia and Ukraine. The devastating violence in Israel and Gaza. In 2023 there has been no shortage of war and militarism for peace campaigners to resist.

Bill Hetherington

Bill Hetherington, who was at the centre of pacifist activism in the UK for more than half a century, died on Sunday 5th November at the age of 89.

Many tributes have been coming in from across the peace movement by the many who knew Bill and worked alongside him.

Britian’s leading pacifist organisation joined other peace groups and individuals to contest the ambiguously named Specialist Defence and Security Convention (SDSC) at Telford International Centre on Thursday 2nd November.

On the streets of Britain right now, we are witnessing the largest anti-war demonstrations since the Iraq war.

White poppy wreath

White poppies will appear in numerous ceremonies across the UK today to mark Remembrance Sunday.

white poppy stall

There has been a sharp rise in demand for white poppies ahead of Remembrance Day this year, following increased interest from groups and individuals calling for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

Bill Hetherington

Bill Hetherington, who was at the centre of pacifist activism in the UK for more than half a century, has died at the age of 89.

Tributes are pouring in not only from other peace activists in Britain and Northern Ireland but from peace groups in other parts of the world.

National Demonstration Ceasefire Now, London

Veterans are among those rejecting the government’s criticism of demonstrations planned for 11th November, stating that “there’s no more appropriate day to call for an armistice.” 

White poppy wreath

Peace campaigners and white poppy wearers have rejected Rishi Sunak's criticism of demonstrations planned for 11th November, calling his comments "a threat to peaceful protest and against the true spirit of Remembrance Day".

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