BRITAIN joined countries worldwide to stage vigils yesterday paying tribute to those who refuse to kill during war.
Towns and cities including Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Leicester, Liverpool, Norwich, Oxford, Portsmouth and Sheffield took part in events to mark International Conscientious Objectors’ Day.
More than 100 braved the rain to attend a ceremony in Tavistock Square in London, where actor Mark Rylance addressed crowds.
Names were read out of a sample of conscientious objectors across the world past and present as attendees placed white flowers on the memorial stone.
Peace Pledge Union pacifist group co-ordinator Symon Hill told the Star: “Across the world, there are hundreds of people in prison for refusing to fight, to kill or to submit to military authority.
“In Britain, our bodies are no longer conscripted into the armed forces.
“Instead, our minds are conscripted by militarist propaganda through initiatives such as Armed Forces Day and school cadet forces.”