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remembrance & white poppies

Semih Sapmaz speaking on CO Day 2024

Earlier this year, when the head of the British army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, called for a “citizen army” to prepare for a ground war with Russia, military conscription was suddenly in the headlines, pushed by right-wing commentators and hawkish politicians.

CO Stone inscription

An Israeli conscientious objector, due to speak at an event in London today to mark International Conscientious Objectors' Day, has called for support and solidarity for conscientious objectors facing persecution around the world.

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.

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.

People holding a large banner reading "Say no to killing, say no to the arms fair".

The first day of the DSEI arms fair has seen protests, criticism and nonviolent direct aciton at London’s Excel Centre.

Poster reading "Stop the Arms Fair"

Participants in London's DSEI arms fair will have to walk past a memorial ceremony for victims of war as the event opens.

Poster for the Object War campaign, supporting Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian conscientious objectors

On International Conscientious Objectors' Day, Rishi Sunak has been urged to offer asylum to Russians who refuse to be part of the war in Ukraine.

A white poppy and a red poppy

White poppy wearers have welcomed plans to make red poppies recyclable, while urging the British Legion to recognise the link between climate change and war.

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