Sunday, July 30, 2006


'Voices For Lebanon and Palestine' rally

Usually on Sundays, Trafalgar Square plays host to demonstrations.

Today from 12-3pm, 'The Voices for Lebanon and Palestine' rally was taking place, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Stop The War Coalition.

Speaking to demonstration officials, I was told that around 7,000 people were in attendance. The policemen I asked could not confirm yet what they believed to be the number.

Chants rang out such as 'down, down Israel', 'we want justice, we want peace' and 'peace for Lebanon'.

As you could imagine, many people from the Lebanese community were also present. Betty Hunter, from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said summing up, 'this has been a day of unity between the Lebanese community, the Palestinian community and the British community. This is what we need if we want to change the foreign policy of the British government.'

There were a couple of Orthodox Jews present as well by one of the lions where they were distributing handouts, shadowed by a mild police presence. They were from Neturei Karta International, demanding the 'end to Zionist atrocities in the Middle East'.

This is a picture of some handouts I received, including one from

Overall, it was an amicable and intensely heartfelt rally. Noone really knows what the outcome to the Middle East crisis will be, but let us hope it is a peaceful one. Keep up-to-date with the BBC here.

Thank you for this. I couldn't make it to the demonstration myself and for some reason they are only mentioned in passing on the news. This is very informative and I will continue to check for more news.
I was at the demonstration! Yes, I feel very strongly about what is happening in the Middle East at the moment, especially since I have some relatives there. I liked this account of the Rally becuase it highlighted the true feelings of both sides...
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