Youth against the War: Protest against Bush visit to NI

Youth against the War: Protest against Bush visit to NI Pupils stage walkout over President's trip

Belfast Telegraph, Monday 7th April 2003

Pupls in schools across Northern Ireland are set to walk-out tomorrow in protest against George Bush's visit, it was claimed today.

Town and city centre rallies organised by Youth against the War groups have been organised for 1pm tomorrow. So far rallies have been organised at Belfast City Hall (along with the Stop the War coalition), Guildhall Square in Derry and outside the Old Town Hall in Omagh.

Youth Against the War groups in Coleraine, Bangor, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Newry are meeting tonight to decide details. Organiser Daniel Waldron said: "We are determined to show George Bush that we are against his war."

Hillsborough protest.

Irish News, 8th April 2003

Schools: Pupils have again been called to walk out from schools across Northern Ireland today in protest at the visit of George W Bush. Youth Against the War, which organised walk-outs on March 5 and 20, encouraged students to join rallies in Belfast, Derry and Omagh at 1pm.

Spokesman Daniel Waldron, a sixth form student at Omagh Academy, said groups in Coleraine, Bangor, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Newry were also making local arrangements. "We are determined to show George Bush that we are against his war. School students here have a clear message to him - we want no more blood spilled for oil," he said.

Previous protests have caused concern among school principals, some of whom have disciplined students for leaving school without parental permission. The National Association of Head Teachers last night urged pupiles to make their voice heard without leaving school grounds.




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