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Massive London Demonstration against Israeli War Crimes

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Massive London Demonstration against Israeli War Crimes

Demonstrations Round the Country against Israeli Aggression

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Massive London Demonstration against Israeli War Crimes

At least 50,000 demonstrators marched through London on Saturday in an extremely militant, colourful and vocal protest against Israeli aggression and to hail the Palestinian resistance. The demonstration was called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Stop the War Coalition, the British Muslim Initiative and many other organisations.

Shoes Whitehall

As the demonstration passed Downing Street, protesters threw old shoes into the cordoned-off space in Whitehall in a gesture of contempt at Gordon Brown and the British government for their backing of the Israeli Zionists and their refusal to condemn the Israeli airstrikes or support the right to be of the Palestinian people.

Trafalgar Square was packed for a rally in a way it has not been for some time, with the steps down into the Square crammed with people listening to the angry speeches.

Later about 5,000 people gathered to protest outside the Israeli embassy, continuing the pickets there that have been held all week.

The spirit of the demonstrators was that they were determined that change will take place.

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Demonstrations Round the Country against Israeli Aggression

Cambridge Manchester
Cambridge ..............................................................................Manchester

In Cambridge, protesters braved the freezing weather to join an extremely well attended vigil. Many Saturday shoppers slowed down or stopped to investigate what was happening, some even taking pictures of this massed act of compassion. In Lancaster, a protest was attended by local people of many different backgrounds. A march was held through Manchester city centre from All Saints Park to Albert Square. Many thousands demonstrated and participated in a rally against the Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Newcastle Newcastle
Newcastle ..............................................................................Newcastle

Hundreds of people took part in powerful protest in Newcastle against the aerial bombardment and pending invasion by the Israeli Zionists on Gaza. Speakers from the platform and from the floor addressed the demonstration at Grey’s Monument. They condemned the action of the Israeli government and the complicity in these crimes by the British government who refuse to call for a cessation of the offensive by Israel and clearly agree with the aims, whilst trying to distance themselves from the massacre and destruction of Gaza. The demonstration called for a continued building of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in the northeast. There was also a protest in Durham outside the Cathedral.

Portsmouth Sheffield
Portsmouth ..............................................................................Sheffield

People gathered in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, for a march organised by the Portsmouth Network for a Just Settlement of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition. Police declared that the march was in fact illegal and threatened the organisers with arrest if it went ahead. In a spirit of defiance, the march continued as planned. Hundreds protested and marched through Sheffield against the Israeli onslaught against Gaza in a demonstrated called by Sheffield PSC and Sheffield STW.

Lancaster Lancaster
Lancaster ..............................................................................Lancaster

Demonstrations were also held in Bradford, Bristol, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Tunbridge Wells and York. In Wales, protests took place in Caernarfon and Swansea and in Scotland, in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

(includes material from Indymedia and Stop the War Coalition sites)

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