Tens of thousands march in central London in support of Palestine

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Tens of thousands have marched through the Hyde Park area to reach the Israeli regime's Embassy in Kensington

Up to 100,000 people have marched through central London to express their anger at Israel’s military onslaught against the blockaded Gaza Strip in addition to Israeli aggressions in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem (Al-Quds).  

Demonstrators chanted “free, free Palestine” as they marched through Hyde Park before converging outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.

The march has been organized by a wide range of organizations, including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop The War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

A spokesperson for the organizers called on the UK government to take “immediate action”.

"It [the UK government] must stop allowing Israel's brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished”, the spokesman said.

"The UK Government is complicit in these acts as long as it continues to offer Israel military, diplomatic and financial support", he added.

The demonstrators were addressed by three prominent personalities, including former Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, veteran Labor MP Diane Abbott and the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zumlot. 

Corbyn told the massive crowds: "It's our global voices that will give succor, comfort and support in those settlements alongside Gaza and all over the West Bank, East Jerusalem [Al-Quds] who are suffering at this time".

Corbyn’s message was echoed by his long-time ally Abbot who proclaimed: "We must remember we are part of an international movement”.

"This is a worldwide movement for justice. Palestinian people are having their land seized... and they are now being killed in their homes. All of this is illegal", Abbot told the marchers.

Meanwhile, Palestine’s Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zumlot, told the demonstrators: “This time is different. This time we will not be denied any more. We are united. We have had enough of oppression”.

 


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