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|'Send Kissinger to The Hague', say Protesters
- Albert Hall speech by former Secretary of State dogged by war-crimes campaigners
DEMONSTRATORS protesting against the visit to London of Henry Kissinger have offered to buy the former US Secretary of State a ticket to The Hague, the Dutch city in which war criminals are brought to justice.
"He shouldn't be here - he should be in the dock. We'll get him a one-way ticket to The Hague," said one campaigner outside the Albert Hall where Kissinger is due to speak today at a conference organised by the Institute of Directors.
The case against Kissinger revolves around his conduct during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s when he is alleged to have ordered the indiscriminate bombing in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-combatants.
Today's protests are being led by Globalise Resistance, a leading anti-capitalist group and the protesters include Peter Tatchell, who is more well-known for his gay rights activities. Tatchell plans to make a citizen's arrest of Kissinger, in similar vein to his attempt to arrest Robert Mugabe. However, due to Kissinger's status as a grand old man of US politics, the chances of him actually being arrested and tried for war crimes are approximately nil.