Syria anti-war protesters hail 'victory' in London
LONDON, England (AFP) - More than a thousand anti-war protesters rallied in London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday to proclaim "victory" after Britain's parliament blocked Prime Minister David Cameron from taking military action in Syria.
The activists filled the tourist hotspot with Syrian and communist flags, plus banners with slogans such as "No Attack on Syria" and "Hands Off Syria" in the rally organised by the left-wing Stop the War Coalition.
Ms Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, told AFP the protesters were calling for the government to stick by Thursday's vote, which saw lawmakers reject Cameron's bid for British involvement in possible US-led military strikes against Syria.
"We're here also to send a very strong message to President Obama in the United States. What's good here in Britain - that we don't need a war on Syria - is also good for the United States," Hudson said.