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Anti-war activists protest at Starmer’s election launch in Glasgow

It's right to hound politicians who support Israel's genocide
Issue 2907
a protester with a Gaza placard at the Starmer campaign launch in Scotland

Angela from Glasgow Stop The War was one of the protesters outside Starmer’s campaign launch in Glasgow

Activists sprung to action after hearing that Keir Starmer was launching the Scottish Labour election campaign in Glasgow on Friday.

Protesters chanted, “Keir Starmer, you can’t hide, you’re supporting genocide,” and, “What do we want, ceasefire, when do we want it, now.”

Labour intentionally held the launch away from the centre of Glasgow on an industrial estate on the outskirts of the city. But that didn’t stop protesters from gathering at short notice to hit back at Starmer’s support for Israel’s genocide.

Angela from Glasgow Stop The War told Socialist Worker, “We had less than an hour to organise a picket outside the event. But we had to oppose Keir Starmer—or Kid Starver as we should call him. 

“It’s important that for the whole of this election campaign the issue of Palestine is at the forefront.  Starmer has never flinched in his support for Israel. He’s never backed down, and we have to hold him accountable for that. 

“The so-called human rights lawyer has, while millions around the world are calling for a ceasefire, kept up his pro-Israel line. 

“We won’t tolerate him being here in Glasgow and told him where to go. I hope that wherever he goes he will be hounded by protesters. He deserves it.”

Angela added that Palestine activists need to hound every politician that continues to back the Israeli state wherever they go. 

Meanwhile, inside the campaign launch, Starmer claimed he would lead a “clean energy revolution” under a Labour government.

He promised that Great British Energy—the proposed publicly-owned power company—will have its headquarters in Scotland. But it’s actually a weaker alternative to renationalisation of electricity and gas that would leave energy bosses ripping people off.

And the details promise only “clean power by 2030”—during what’s supposed to be a second term for Labour. 

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