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Demonstrations around Britain against Israel's continued attacks on Lebanon

Following the 100,000 strong protest in London last week, Saturday 12 August saw protests against Israel's ongoing assault on Lebanon and Gaza in towns and cities across Britain.

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Andrew Murray addressing the Hackney rally

Andrew Murray addressing the Hackney rally


There was a festival of resistance alongside the arts festival in Edinburgh as 7,000 people marched through the city against Israel's attack on Lebanon. Marchers of all ages and religions waved placards and flags, accompanied by a range of trade union banners. Children's shoes were left outside the US consulate on Regent Terrace to commemorate the high proportion of children killed by Israeli bombing.


Over 500 people took to the streets of Preston, North West England. The biggest demonstration the city has seen for years protested at Israel's invasion of Lebanon.

Local trade unionists, students and socialists joined members of the Muslim community on the march through the city centre to the Corn Exchange monument commemorating Chartist protesters shot by military in 1842. There they we're addressed by Labour and Respect councillors, and other speakers.

There was widespread enthusiasm for the 23 September demonstration outside the New Labour conference in Manchester.


Some 300 people marched through Dalston and Stoke Newington in Hackney, east London against Israel's assault on Lebanon. Despite rain the march was joined by passers by as it passed along shopping streets. The march was supported by people from all Hackney's communities, with banners from Turkish and Kurdish organisations. Speakers at the rally included Stop the War Coalition chair Andrew Murray, local Unison union chair Rusty Ebrahim, refugees from Lebanon and a local rabbi.

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Sat 12 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
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