War veterans threw away their medals in a symbolic protest near 10, Downing Street, opposing British airstrikes on Syria.
Daniel Denham, who served in the RAF, was at the helm of the symbolic protest. He said, “If one looked close enough at these medals, one can see reflections of dead Iraqis and dying Libya. As also the faces of the injured and killed British personnel.” Holding up his medals, he said, “I no longer have any use for these service medals.”
The ritualistic throwing down of service medals is following a call given by Special Forces veteran Ben Griffin to ex-servicemen.
Members of Veterans for Peace of UK group, a voluntary ex-services organisation, opposed the bombing and previous operations in the Middle East as they threw the service medals in disgust.
Others taking part included Daniel Lenham, who served in the RAF from 2002 to 2014. He said, bombing is not the solution.
“Invasions and attacks cause destruction, kill and maim thousands of people and destroy societies. Bombing is not the solution; it is time to stop,” he said.
David Smith, who served in the Royal Green Jackets, said, he wanted to express his disgust at the bombing of Syria.
Kirk Sollitt, who served in the Gulf War, said, “By bombing Syria, we are killing innocent, gullible men, women and children. It is difficult to reap peace by shedding blood.”