By Terence Bunch Published 2010-10-09 00:00:00 Last Edited 2010-10-09 00:00:00
On the day the British Parliament attempts to assemble for the first debate and vote on the continuing occupation of Afghanistan, anti-war campaigners Maria Gallastegui and Skywarrior breach security at the Parliament building and scale scaffolding successfully hanging anti-war banners, a demand to bring the troops home and a section 6 notice of the 1977 Criminal Law Act preventing violent removal.
The action takes place on the day the first commons debate and vote over the continuing occupation of Afghanistan takes place. The debate is very poorly attended, with much of the debating chamber remaining empty for most of the day.
Elsewhere, in Wiltshire, UK, the body of Lance Corporal Joseph Pool is repatriated after being killed in Afghanistan during an attack involving a rocket propelled grenade. The vote takes place in the late afternoon and returns an overwhelming majority in favour of British military forces remaining in the war-torn country, nine years after the initial invasion and seven years after the US Government announce the military defeat of the Taliban.
The vote, and the manner in which it is undertaken, is broad and convincing evidence that the US and British governments are no longer concerned with public opinion over the occupation. The apathy takes place as the Karzai government experience difficulty with the internal banking system almost certainly triggered by Karzai opponents attempting to undermine his electioneering efforts. The attempt to sever Mr Karzai from his primary source of funding appears shortly before Afghanistan attempts to hold yet more elections in a last desperate attempt to prevent US opponents in the country from taking control.
Parliament, London, 9th October 2010.