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Doing Something this Sunday?

This Sunday, this is where you should be:

Sudanese Embassy Demonstration followed by March to Downing Street

What: Demonstration outside the Sudanese Embassy in London.
When: Sunday 17th September, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Where: 3 Cleveland Row, St. James’s, London, SW1A 1DD, UK.
Map: Follow this link
Organiser: Hratche Koundarjian, Aegis Trust, +00 44 (0)1623 836 627, and Ishag Mekki, Darfur Union.
Supported by: Aegis Trust, Amnesty International UK, Darfur Union, Service for Peace.
Further information:,


Genocide Prevention Charity the Aegis Trust and Amnesty International UK are organising a demonstration outside the Sudanese Embassy in London to protest against the Governments continued opposition to UN deployment in Darfur.

The people of Darfur desperately need a UN force that can bring peace and stability to this troubled region of Sudan. The Government of Sudan has so far blocked efforts to put a UN peace keeping mission on the ground. This must stop.

Please come along. Their will be some coaches available for people attending from outside London. Please contact Hratche Koundarjian for further information, to book a place on a coach or for press information.

This demonstration will be followed by a March to Downing Street organised by the Darfur Union, we hope that you will be able to participate in this also.

Also on Sunday is a jamboree, funded by Ken Livingstone, called “Simcha on the Square“.

The stated purpose of this event is to celebrate the myth that Oliver Cromwell readmitted jews to Britain in 1656.

However, it is not clear to me why it is necessary to have publicly funded “celebrations” of any cultural or religious group at all, for the purpose of celebrating either real or imaginary anniversaries.

I can also understand why some jews – including the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex) – are boycotting the event:

We will not support it,” says chairman Harold Newman. “I’ve told all of our members that any of them who wish to attend are welcome to do so, but because of Ken Livingstone’s track record and his comments about Jews, and his failure to subsequently apologise, we don’t want anything to do with him.

“He is not someone we wish to be associated with.”

It seems inappropriate to be celebrating an “event” which did not happen 350 years ago, while hundreds and thousands of people are being murdered today.

That is why I would urge all Harry’s Place readers to attend the Day for Darfur demonstration, and then spend their afternoon at the launch of the Exhibition on Darfur and genocide at The Old Vic Theatre.