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Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza fuels protests across the world

Issue No. 2132a

Outrage at Israel’s attacks has led to demonstrations around the globe.

More than 2,000 people occupied the street outside the Israeli embassy in London last Sunday and Monday. Demonstrations have continued daily.

There were protests in other cities across Britain including 700 in Birmingham, 500 in Glasgow, 300 in Edinburgh, over 200 in Cardiff, 400 in Manchester, around 400 in Leeds and 80 in Southampton, Dundee and Nottingham.

Around 450 people demonstrated in Preston on Sunday. Socialist councillor Michael Lavalette told Socialist Worker, “We decided to hold a protest at just 20 hours notice, by texting, phoning and emailing people.

“We have to seize the time to mobilise the anger at Israel’s attack.”

Protests erupted in the West Bank on Sunday.

The demonstrations were attacked by Israeli troops, who shot dead a 22-year-old man.

People have protested across Europe. Two thousand marched through central Berlin in Germany.

In France, 5,000 marched in Paris and 2,000 in Lyon.

Protesters also have taken to the streets in Greece, Denmark, Italy and Spain.

As well as the protests in Egypt there have been mass demonstrations across the Arab world.

Tens of thousands marched in Yemen. More than 1,000 people demonstrated in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

In Tunisia hundreds of lawyers and trade unionists joined opposition activists to demonstrate and defy a police ban on protests.

Even in Saudi Arabia, where all protest is banned, 300 people faced rubber bullets to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza.

In Washington, the US capital, up to 5,000 people protested outside the state department.

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