- His death is of course very sad for the people who knew and loved him personally.
- He should have been evicted from outside Parliament years. The right to protest doesn't give anyone the right to commandeer a site which they don't own for decades at a time. It was self indulgent and obnoxious of him to protest in the way he did.
- His protest should not be conflated with the wider antiwar movement that arose in response to the invasion of Iraq- he began his one man demonstration in 2001- before 9/11 when we weren't at war with anybody. His original protest was against the sanctions imposed on Iraq after the Gulf War in 1991, which Saddam had abused in such a way as led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. However the widespread deaths from the sanctions had not been happening for a couple of years by the time Haw started his protest. He was merely an opponent of whatever the West happened to be doing.
Mike Hendrick (1948-2021)
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