Sunday, 20 July 2014

100,000 march in London in solidarity with Gaza - French protesters defy ban


Protesters marched from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington. A police blockade stopped them from gaining access.

Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly and Hyde Park Corner were closed.

More than 300 Palestinians have been killed since 8 July, officials in Gaza report. Five Israelis have died.

Before the event up to 15,000 people were expected to attend. However, the police were not able to verify how many were there.

The event was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and is part of a national day of action.

Labour MP Diane Abbott was among the speakers to address protesters as they gathered in Whitehall.

"I am here to show solidarity with the people in Gaza," she said.

We call for an end to the occupation and justice for Palestinians." more

report on France

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