Peace campaigner Brian Haw dies

originally by: BBC News
19th June 2011

Pic credit: David Martyn Hunt

Peace campaigner Brian Haw has died after “a long hard fight” against lung cancer, his family has announced. Mr Haw, 62, set up a camp in London’s Parliament Square in 2001 in protest against UK and US foreign policy. In March 2011, a High Court ruling obtained by London’s mayor forced him to move his camp on to the pavement.

In a statement posted on Mr Haw’s website, his family said he had died on 18 June in Germany, where he had been receiving medical treatment. They said Mr Haw, from Redditch, Worcestershire, passed away in his sleep in no pain.

An additional statement on his website from his campaign representatives said: “Brian showed great determination and courage during the many long hard years he led his Peace Campaign in Parliament Square, during which it is well documented that he was relentlessly persecuted by the authorities which eventually took its toll on his health.

“Brian showed the same courage and determination in his battle with cancer. He was keenly aware of and deeply concerned that so many civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine did not have access to the same treatments that were made available to him.

Jeremy Corbyn MP
“Parliament, the police, and courts etc, should forever be ashamed of their disgraceful behaviour towards Brian.”

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