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Palestine solidarity

Issue No. 1799

HUNDREDS OF people across Britain demonstrated in solidarity with the Palestinians over bank holiday weekend. The 'Justice for Palestine-hands off Iraq' demonstration filled Sheffield city centre last Saturday. It was 2, 000-strong at its height, with lots of people joining in the march as it went along.

It was a very mixed demo, with two samba bands alongside banners from the local ITSC union branch as well as Natfhe, Unison and the trades council. Around 1,000 people marched for Palestine in Glasgow on Wednesday of last week. The demonstration went from the US consulate to the Scottish Parliament.

Some 120 students attended a pro-Palestinian meeting at Herriot Watt University near Edinburgh. This was the largest political meeting in the college for years. Activists are now planning to take the campaign out to every town in Scotland, with a meeting in Oban taking place next week.

Over 40 people, including local Palestinians, joined a lively picket called by the Socialist Workers Party outside Marks & Spencer in Cambridge last Saturday. Leaflets were handed out explaining Marks & Spencer's support for the Israeli regime. There was noisy chanting, and many passers-by showed their support.

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Sat 11 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1799
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