Over 300 gather for Southampton’s largest ever Pro-Palestinian protest


Pro-Palestinian campaigners call for an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza

Pro-Palestinian campaigners call for an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza

Campaigners from across Hampshire gathered in Southampton again yesterday to protest against the on-going Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Over 300 hundred, predominantly Muslim participants, attended the ‘Free Gaza Emergency Demonstration’ organised by the Grass Roots Muslim Movement.

Police officers closely supervised the march, which assembled outside Southampton Guildhall.

The death toll in Gaza continues to rise to more than 340 Palestinians dead, 76 of them children and 28 women after 12 violent days of Israeli militant attacks on the Gaza strip.

Campaigners including children attended the demo

Children were amongst campaigners who attended the demo

Jon Ellis, who organised Tuesday’s protest, said: “It’s a continuation of what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians for 70 years. It’s seems to get more extreme with the same pressure and objective.”

Chants including ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ echoed outside the BBC South offices where the demo continued.

Protesters –  many of whom were fasting for the Islamic month of Ramadan – waved Palestinian flags and banners condemning Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Campaigners waving Pro-Palestinian placards outside the BBC offices

Campaigners waving Pro-Palestinian placards outside the BBC offices

The protest ended outside West Quay where speakers, including a Students for Palestine member, spoke about continuing action against Israel through further demonstrations.

Campaigner Shahnaz said, “I came today to support Palestine. I feel pain when I talk about what’s happening. I feel more than hurt.”

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