Taking action ... Stop the War/Palestine Solidarity vs Israel/UK Government

Protesters: Stop the War/Palestine Solidarity Target: Israel/UK Government Location: London Date: Ongoing from 31 December

Protest: At London's Trafalgar Square
Protest: At London's Trafalgar Square


- The lowdown

More than 40,000 protesters marched through London last Saturday in what The Observer called 'the biggest show of public protest since the Stop the War marches six years ago'. It was one of 18 demonstrations that took place across the UK, with several more taking place in cities such as Berlin, Paris and Rome. Some protesters threw shoes at 10 Downing Street, inspired by the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at US president George Bush last month.

- Why the protest?

Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed and thousands more have been left without access to food or medicine after a week of Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Protesters, and the 30 bodies that organised the march (including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition and British Muslim Initiative), want the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the attacks.

- How did the embassies and the UK Government respond?

Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell told the BBC that the British government was 'forcefully and strongly arguing' for an immediate end to the violence.

- How did the media cover it?

The protests were covered extensively by the national media, with prominent coverage in The Observer. Annie Lennox and Bianca Jagger, who supported the march, featured in many of the articles.

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