Shiraz Socialist supplies an interesting account of yesterday’s Stop the War Coalition Annual Conference where Iranian leftists – Hands off the people of Iran (HOPI) – and any other critics of the Iranian regime were forced out of the organisation by supporters of the coalition’s chair, Stalin apologist Andrew Murray.
Murray also found a fellow apologist for tyranny to speak on behalf of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s regime – there is no homophobia in Iran because sex changes are allowed!!! – and various loudmouths to shout down any disagreement:
Zadeh’s next contention was that although there were “problems with homosexuals” that “sex changes are allowed”. This was met with a lot of heckling, myself included. It was incredibly offensive to anyone in the room who is a supporter of gay rights to hear such nonsense being spewed. Suddenly and rather loudly Zed (not sure of his first name) Martin who I believe is in the SWP but certainly Oxford Stop the War yelled at the HOPI contingent, students and SYN activists who were seated not far from him to “Shut up!” A number of people were somewhat taken aback but he then continued shouting “You stupid bloody bigots! Fuck off!”
The Blogger stopped attending Stop the War events some time ago and suggests everyone else does too.