Over 100 people met last Tuesday to build solidarity for people jailed after protesting at Israel’s assault on Gaza last year.
Anti-war and Palestine campaigners joined representatives from community groups and families of some of the defendants.
Some of the accused have been sentenced to two and a half years.
Joanna Gilmore, a researcher who has been following the cases, said, “These are harsh sentences, and are designed to intimidate protesters.”
Campaigning lawyer Imran Khan pledged to organise appeals for all those who want them.
He said, “We have to organise the appeals properly like we did after the Bradford riots. We have to pick the strongest cases first and fight with them.”
The meeting demanded immediate release for all those imprisoned, for the complaints against the police to be upheld and for all those facing trial to have the charges against them dropped.
Imran Khan has organised a meeting for families and lawyers on Wednesday of this week.