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Lenten Resistance Continues 28 March 2003

Supporters Invitation

Dear Friends,

Lenten Resistance Continues 28 March

Below is info from a recent press release.  We invite you to join us for this event/action.  Please bring, if you can, a cross or banner/sign with appropriate Christian message. 

In hope and solidarity

Dan and Scott

From the Press Release:

On 28 March, in Central London, two Catholic Christians will use chains to close the access driveway to and from the Ministry of Defence.  We will gather at the Embankment Gardens (between Horseguards Ave and the Embankment tube station) at 11:15 for a short prayer before we walk to the Ministry of Defence.

Tied to the chain will be a banner with the command of Jesus: ‘Love your enemies’.

Even in the best of times this command is difficult to understand and mostly ignored.  But in the worst of times, as during this present war, it is virtually impossible even to hear.

The need to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction is a goal we also seek, in the other countries of the world as well as Iraq, including Britain and the USA.

Instead we hear from the coalition forces threats to use weapons of mass destruction.  Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, on 2 February insisted that Britain was prepared to launch a nuclear strike on Iraq “in the right conditions”.   He has recently also authorised the use of depleted uranium weapons and cluster bombs.

By blockading the Ministry of Defence we hope to disrupt, even if only in some small way, the process whereby such weapons may be used.  We also hope to give pause to the killing process.  The poor of Iraq have suffered the tyranny of Saddam’s regime for too long.  That innocent people have died at his hands is a tragedy.  Equally tragic are the deaths of those who have been and continue to be killed by the coalition forces.   Are we better people because we will kill fewer innocent people than Saddam Hussein?  The killing of the innocent does not advance the cause of peace, as ‘collateral damage’, even if our intentions are ‘better’.  To its victims war is terror. 

Pope John Paul II has said recently: ‘War is a failure of humanity.’  By our blockade we are saying it is never too late to recover from failure, to make amends, to repent, to choose life!


This action is sponsored by Catholic Peace Action and Pax Christi and is part of the Lenten Campaign of Repentance and Resistance, which began on Ash Wednesday.  On that day, 5 March, five Christians risked arrest by marking the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall (the Old War Office) with blessed ash and charcoal in order to resist the nuclear war preparations of this country and to encourage the nation to repent.  Again on 17 March four people did the same.

The two involved in today’s action are:

Dan Martin, 48, charity worker, Catholic, married and father of four, of Wandsworth, London

Scott Albrecht, 41, former School Chaplain, now student of Theology at the Missionary Institute of London, Catholic, married and father of four from St Alban’s.

Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, Hendon, London, NW4 4TY