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 Saturday, February 15, 2003

The Stop The War demo - your handy cut-out-and-march guide to the route

March A starts on the Embankment, not that far from:
Bank station, where 117 civilians lost their lives in a direct hit from a German bomb in 1941.
Monument, built to remember the firestorm that destroyed the capital in 1666.
Cleopatra's Needle, a Middle-Eastern artefact deported miles from its cultural home.
The Crimea Memorial, cast from Russian cannons captured at the Battle of Sebastopol.

The march passes through Parliament Square and up Whitehall, past statues to:
Oliver Cromwell, instigator of a bloody civil war in Stuart times.
Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, the celebrated desert fighter of World War Two.
The Cenotaph, national memorial to the millions killed in World War One.

On through Trafalgar Square, home to:
Nelson's Column, erected in honour of the admiral killed in battle while defeating the Spanish.
Sir Henry Havelock, veteran of the first Indian mutiny and served in wars against Burma and Afghanistan.
Sir Charles Napier, leader of the conquest of the hill tribes of Sindh, now part of Pakistan.
Admiralty Arch, once home to the offices of the British Empire's all-conquering naval forces.

Meanwhile March B has passed by:
Tottenham Court Road station, where a huge underground shelter was built in 1942 to protect Londoners during air raids.
Eros, the famous statue of the Greek god of love, and therefore a bit out of place in this list.

The two marches join at Piccadilly Circus and proceed to Hyde Park, passing close to:
The Wellington Arch, built to celebrate the Duke's defeat of the French at the battle of Waterloo.
Marble Arch station, hit by a German bomb during the Blitz in 1940, killing 17 Londoners sheltering there.
Tyburn, site of public executions for petty criminals and dissenters for over 600 years.


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