Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Three soldiers from the the Second Fusiliers bearing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) insignia stop during the campaign and discuss the fate of L/C Joe Glenton with a campaigner. Ministry of Defence, London. 4th March 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Drop the Charges Against Joe Glenton Court Martial. MOD, London. 4th March 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-03-04 00:00:00

The day before Lance Corporal Joe Glenton of the Royal Logistic Corp appears before a military court to be sentenced for speaking out against the legitimacy of the continuing occupation of Afghanistan, and refusing to serve the occupation, campaigners gather at the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver a petition containing thousands of signatures demanding the charges be dropped against him.

The campaign is international in scope with synchronised actions taking place in Germany, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the US.

The campaigners deliver their petition successfully to the MOD via a senior MOD police officer. L/C Joe Glenton is due to be sentenced tomorrow at Colchester and faces up to two years imprisonment. In the later part of 2009, Joe took part in a large anti-war protest where he defied orders to remain silent in public.

The protest led to the British Military bringing supplementary charges against Joe which were later dropped due to public pressure.

He will appear at Colchester barracks for sentencing tomorrow Friday 5th March 2010. A further protest is also to take place outside the hearing.

Ministry of Defence, London. 4th March 2010.

Long-time peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui hands out leaflets to passing bystanders during the gathering.

Long-time peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui hands out leaflets to passing bystanders during the gathering.

Supporter and fellow campaigner Giorgio Riva addresses the campaigners outlining other actions taking place in the EU, US and Northern Asia.

Supporter and fellow campaigner Giorgio Riva addresses the campaigners outlining other actions taking place in the EU, US and Northern Asia.

The petition containing thousands of signatures is unveiled outside the Ministry of Defence.

The petition containing thousands of signatures is unveiled outside the Ministry of Defence.

To date, the number of incidents involving British service persons taking unauthorised leave of duty stands at a shocking 17,000. This number includes those not present for roll-call right through to absent without leave (AWOL). The campaigners come close to matching this number in their petition signed by those who do not believe it proper to imprison those who are not prepared to fight against the Afghani people.

To date, the number of incidents involving British service persons taking unauthorised leave of duty stands at a shocking 17,000. This number includes those not present for roll-call right through to absent without leave (AWOL). The campaigners come close to matching this number in their petition signed by those who do not believe it proper to imprison those who are not prepared to fight against the Afghani people.

A campaigner holds up a placard detailing the problems faced by the US and UK Governments over the deployment of troops in Afghanistan, a problem that has been consistent for some time and is likely to increase as the spring offensive of 2010 nears.

A campaigner holds up a placard detailing the problems faced by the US and UK Governments over the deployment of troops in Afghanistan, a problem that has been consistent for some time and is likely to increase as the spring offensive of 2010 nears.

Mr Giorgio Riva and a representative from the Italian Radical Party give an interview to television.

Mr Giorgio Riva and a representative from the Italian Radical Party give an interview to television.

The International letter of protest and petition is handed in at the British Ministry of Defence.

The International letter of protest and petition is handed in at the British Ministry of Defence.

On Friday 5th March 2010, L/C Joe Glenton is to learn of his punishment for refusing to take part in one of the most controversial and debilitating conflicts in recent British history. His punishment will take place as British soldiers continue to lose their lives in Afghanistan in a conflict that is unwinnable.

On Friday 5th March 2010, L/C Joe Glenton is to learn of his punishment for refusing to take part in one of the most controversial and debilitating conflicts in recent British history. His punishment will take place as British soldiers continue to lose their lives in Afghanistan in a conflict that is unwinnable.