Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

LONDON DEMO Demands End to Gaza Siege

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

LONDON DEMO Demands End to Gaza Siege

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ASSEMBLING from across Britain under the banner "Remember Gaza...End the siege now!," some 10,000 people marched in London on May 16 from Russell Square to a rally at Trafalgar Square.

The demonstration was called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the British Muslim Initiative, the Stop the War Coalition, the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Palestinian Forum in Britain as an adamant reminder that Israel's air raids and blockade of Gaza were continuing despite cease-fire agreements. Gazans, as a consequence, remained cut off from essential supplies, including not only food and medicine but also materials needed to rebuild their destroyed homes and shattered infrastructure, devastated by Israel in its December-January assault.

At the rally, Lindsey German, a Stop the War leader, reminded everyone that the demo was not only about the people of Gaza but about whether those present would make their voices heard to British policymakers.

Jenny Tonge, a Liberal Democrat member of the European Parliament, summed up the prevailing mood by urging demonstrators to "highlight in every way you can this crucial cause that is vital to the peace of the world. …

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