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Protests around the world in solidarity with Gaza

by Adam Cochrane
Issue No. 2417

Protesters stage a die-in in Chesterfield

Protesters stage a "die-in" in Chesterfield (Pic: Ian Rutherford)

A number of protests and vigils took place last weekend as part of a national day of action for Gaza.

Around 1,000 people marched in Leeds city centre.

Elsewhere people held vigils, street stalls and fundraisers including in Halifax, Harlow, Chesterfield and Plymouth.

In Manchester over 100 people protested against the council’s links with security company G4S, which provides security services to Israeli prisons.

In Scotland protesters focused on Britain’s military support for Israel. Protesters gathered outside the Ministry of Defence’s main office in Glasgow.

And in Glenrothes, Fife, protesters marched to the offices of weapons manufacturer Raytheon.

The manager of a Sainsbury’s  store in Holborn, central London, reportedly removed all kosher food temporarily during a Gaza protest. 

But this wasn’t a demand of the protesters. Their leaflet made no mention of kosher food.

Martial Kurtz, a national organiser for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, helped organise the protest.

He told Socialist Worker, “It was a small protest. There was no attempt to go inside. At no point did anyone from Sainsbury’s come out to talk to them.”

Internationally, thousands marched in Bangladesh. In Oakland, California, activists successfully stopped an Israeli cargo ship from offloading.

One demonstrator brought a Palestine flag to protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. It was to thank Palestinian activists who had shared tips on how to deal with the effects of tear gas.

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