By Terence Bunch Published 2010-07-01 00:00:00 Last Edited 2010-07-01 00:00:00
After five days, and a pedometer reading standing at just short of 80 miles, 80 year old Malcolm Pittock successfully arrives in Colchester at the head of the Trail of Tears peace walk, which set out from Westminster in London five days ago.
He arrives in Colchester around mid afternoon and begins the walk through the town toward the Colchester War Memorial. Once again, the walk reveals endemic anti-war feeling in the barracks town consistent with that seen in every previous leg of the walk.
From Londons east end, to the conservative belt around Brentwood and from Chelmsford through to the barracks town of Colchester, members of the public display persistent opposition to the ongoing war and broad support for the peace walkers.
After a naming of the dead ceremony at the memorial, the walk heads out of the center and toward the Military Corrective Training Centre at Berechurch Hall Camp, currently holding in detention Lance Corporal Joe Glenton for refusing to serve in Afghanistan.
The walkers are joined by local anti-war groups. They arrive at the correction facility and together raise their voices in thanks to Joe Glenton, whos single act of defiance is now entirely representative of British public opinion.
The peace walk finishes as the War in Afghanistan descends into a disorganised mess with a deadly attack on a US facility. The attack kills a number of personnel and brings into doubt claims by the British Government that British Forces must remain in the country until Afghanis are able to maintain their own security.
The attack is almost certainly the result of police and Afghan army collusion with regional anti-occupation forces.
London. 1st July 2010.