War veterans descended on Downing Street on Tuesday (December 8), to throw down their medals in disgust at Britain joining air strikes in Syria.
The protest saw men who served in both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Libya throw their commendations on the tarmac outside the Prime Minister's home.
One of the veterans, Daniel Lenham who served in the RAF from 2002 to 2014 said “In protest at the decision to bomb Syria, we will hand back medals given to us for participating in previous attacks on the Middle East.”
He continued “These invasions, occupations and attacks have caused great destruction, killed hundreds of thousands of people and have led to the destruction of societies. Bombing is never a solution it is time to stop.”
The demonstration was organised by Veterans for Peace, an ex-services organisation which includes veterans of every conflict since the Second World War.
David Smith who served in the Royal Green Jackets said “I want to express my utter disgust at the decision to unlawfully bomb Syria, god help all those who are likely to suffer as a result of this action. I renounce all forms of state sanctioned warfare and violence.”
Kirk Sollitt who served in the Gulf War said “By bombing in Syria we are killing innocent, vulnerable sentient beings, men, woman and children. You cannot sow bloodshed and reap peace. I no longer want these medals.”
A man from Brent recently pleaded guilty to telling an MP he will "drop a bomb on her house" if she voted in favour of air strikes in Syria.