For immediate release: 19 April 2002

CND Vice-President and co-ordinator of the Abolition of War, Bruce Kent, will hold a lone vigil outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday 20 April.

A broad coalition of campaigners against US policy on Israel, Columbia and Afghanistan will be joined by anti-globalisation protesters under the A20 (for April 20) banner in Washington DC this weekend.

A20 says economic imperialism and US militarism are two sides of the same coin: “From the World Bank to the West Bank; a lot of people are beginning to make the connection.”

Bruce Kent is asking supporters to visit him briefly throughout the day and leave their messages to President Bush for delivery at the end of the vigil.

Achin Vanaik, author and leading Indian peace activist, and Muhammad Tahseen, human rights and peace activist from Pakistan, will be among Bruce Kent’s visitors. They are currently touring the country with the Stop the War Coalition, speaking about communal violence, the ‘war on terrorism’ and the continuing tension on the sub-continent.

Bruce Kent said, “the London vigil is a small attempt to show appreciation for the courage and determination of our fellow peace workers and their demonstration in Washington.”

For interviews with Bruce, Achin or Muhammad call CND Press Officer Nigel Chamberlain on 020 7700 2350 or 07968 420859.