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Global protests planned as Nato meets in Chicago

by Siân Ruddick

Nato leaders are preparing to gather in Chicago on Sunday for a two day conference on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

But anti-war activists across the world are planning protests at the same time, demanding an end to the continued bloodshed in the country.

The Nato alliance, made up of the US and European countries, is increasingly feeling the strain.

Differences in strategy on how and when to finish the deeply unpopular Afghan war are causing friction.

US officials have leaked that they are “carrying the bulk” of Nato operations as European governments slash defence spending.

Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari looks set to accept an invitation to the summit. This makes it increasingly likely that supply routes vital to the Nato operation through Pakistan to Afghanistan will be reopened.

The routes were closed in November after US bombing raids killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

But the leaders know that there is great pressure to end the occupation of Afghanistan.

Protests are planned outside the conference centre in Chicago and in cities across the world to oppose the summit and the brutal, unwinnable war.

Join the London protest called by Stop the War Coalition and CND. No to Nato—Don't Attack Iran—Troops Out of Afghanistan—No Intervention in the Middle East. Protest and rally Saturday 19 May. 1pm, US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London W1


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Wed 16 May 2012, 17:03 BST
Issue No. 2303
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