Taking Action ... Anti-war protesters vs Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Protesters: Anti-war protesters Target: Gordon Brown Location: Westminster, London Date: 5 March

Iraq war protest: Getty Images
Iraq war protest: Getty Images

 

The lowdown

Anti-war protesters from campaign groups including Stop the War Coalition and Military Families Against the War protested outside the Chilcot Inquiry as Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrived to be questioned. Some of the protesters dressed up as the grim reaper and death. Others held up a blood-stained cheque for £8.5bn (the overall cost to the UK of the Iraq war to date).

Why the protest?

John Rees, the co-founder of Stop The War Coalition, said: 'Gordon Brown was the paymaster for this most unpopular of wars and was the second-most powerful man in the Government. He has cleverly avoided the political stigma Tony Blair attracted, but he bears the same responsibility and should be held to account by this inquiry.'

How did the media cover it?

Both The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian covered the protests in depth, using pictures. They took great care to point out that far fewer protesters had turned out than when former Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared at the inquiry.

The Guardian quoted a spokesman for Military Families Against the War, saying his group's members were 'more interested in seeing Blair being held to account'. The majority of the media coverage, however, focused on how Brown performed, and what he said, at the inquiry.

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