Thousands flock to London to protest in Palestine against violent Israeli conflict – fr

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Thousands flock to London to protest in Palestine against violent Israeli conflict – fr


About 180,000 people flocked to London on Saturday to attend a rally to show solidarity with Palestine.
Supporters held banners, chanted and launched fireworks despite the rainy weather, with the event centered around Hyde Park.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said “the occupation was the problem”, was among the speakers at the protest.

Saturday marked the first full day of a truce that ended the fourth Israel-Hamas war in just over a decade.

Distressing images broadcast around the world showed the devastation in Gaza, with children and citizens among the dead.

The organizers of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign estimated that more than 180,000 people attended the rally, which also included a march.



Thousands of people flocked to London for the protest

Chants saying “Israel is a terrorist state” and “we are all Palestinians” could be heard as the demonstrators passed through the capital.

Mr. Corbyn spoke at the end of the event.

He said: “Children shouldn’t grow up after seeing their house demolished by a bomb dropped thousands of feet above.



Mr Corbyn was among the speakers at the event

“The occupation is the problem, the occupation of the West Bank, the siege of Gaza, these are the problems.

“While the ceasefire is a step forward, unless the fundamental issues are addressed, we will be here again. “

“We will be here as long as it takes for the Palestinian people to be free,” he added.

“We will never abandon the Palestinian people, we will never stray from the Palestinian people and their cause. “



The protest was largely peaceful

He was greeted on stage to great applause and chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”.

Some participants could be seen wearing costumes, masks and make-up, while others were draped in the Palestinian flag.

Groups of police watched people climb to bus stops and lampposts and wrote “Free Palestine” on the walls.



A huge protest of tens of thousands marches from the pier in Hyde Park in solidarity with the Palestinian people
Palestine Solidarity Campaign organizers estimated more than 180,000 people attended the rally



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A protester, named Muktha Ali, 32, of Harrow, northwest London, said: “I am here because it is urgent now, the Israeli occupation must end now, it has been a long time.

“Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children have been bombed and murdered, Palestine must be free. “

And while largely peaceful, a few people could be seen throwing objects at officers trying to divide the march after reaching Hyde Park.



A huge protest of tens of thousands marches from the pier in Hyde Park in solidarity with the Palestinian people
A ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was agreed on Friday

Other protests also took place across England on Saturday, including in Manchester and Bristol.

The Israeli security cabinet approved a ceasefire after 11 days of hostilities, with Egypt playing the role of mediator.

Gaza medical officials said 248 people were killed in the Palestinian enclave and humanitarian aid officials expressed concern about the humanitarian situation there.

Health officials said 13 people were killed in Israel during the hostilities, in which the IDF said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militant groups fired around 4,350 rockets, many of them no. had not reached Israel or had been intercepted.

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