According to an article by The Independent, “Thousands of people opposed to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza have taken to the streets in London in a mass demonstration to try and intensify pressure on the British government.
Arranged by a compendium of anti-war campaigners and religious organizations, the march, from the BBC’s headquarters near Oxford Circus to Hyde Park, was claimed by organizers to have had as many as 150,000 in attendance.
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The Met Police told The Independent that it was entirely peaceful and no arrests were made. Protesters’ travelled past the US Embassy en route to the central London park, waving ‘Free Palestine’ placards and flags, while chanting that the Israeli offensive is a ‘massacre’.”
This was the biggest ever demonstration in support of Palestinians in London’s history. An article from socialistworker.co.uk added, “Philipa Harvey from the National Union of Teachers spoke to the crowd as the march assembled outside the BBC. She promised the union will ‘stand with the people of Palestine. Schools in Gaza must become safe places again.’ ‘Thank God there are hundreds of thousands of Jews who refuse to identify with Israel’s policy.’ A range of politicians, activists and performers addressed the Hyde Park rally across two hours. Among those speaking were five Labour MPS and Respect MP George Galloway. ‘The most important message is to David Cameron,’ she said. ‘The British people want you to stop arming Israel once and for all.'”
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