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Raising the Palestinian flag over London – the world rises up

January 4th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Today has been an international day of demonstrations. While governments around the world stay silent, or support Israel – the people have said FREE, FREE PALESTINE.

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London (above) saw the biggest pro-Palestine demonstration in history. Around 75,000 people listened to speeches in Trafalgar Square, before marching past Downing Street to throw their shoes at Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s home and on to the Israeli Embassy.

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When the Palestinian flag was attached to the top of a lamppost (below) a cheer went up through the crowd.

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Cars hooted in support as they passed people holding Free Palestine placards.

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img_0487Some people – like me – chose not to show their anger at Gordon Brown, but to go directly to the Israeli Embassy. On the train, there were chants of Free, Free Palestine – with support, and sometimes surprised looks from onlookers.

London had the second biggest protest in the world today. In Israel itself, 150,000 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship held the biggest one.

There were smaller demonstrations around Britain too. And also around the world – in America, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Athens and across Asia and the Arab World as well.

When it was announced that Israel had launched its ground invasion, the demonstration in London turned violent. At least 5000 people had battles with riot police as the mood soured, and the Israel flag was burned and sticks were thrown at police.

Daily protests outside the Israeli Embassy are now planned.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yazan // Jan 4, 2009 at 3.08 am

    Brilliant! I loved the photo of the guy raising the flag! Are you on twitter?

  • 2 John Wreford // Jan 4, 2009 at 12.20 pm

    I think it is important for demos such as this to show their anger at the British Gvmnt etc, the Israelis are never going to give a crap what the rest of the world thinks, US and European Gvmnts on the other hand can-if they wanted to, put pressure on the regime in Israel, dead Palestinians may be a vote winner in Tel Aviv but not elsewhere.

  • 3 LondonProtests // Jan 4, 2009 at 1.09 pm

    Video of the protest in London on 3 January:

  • 4 John Wreford // Jan 4, 2009 at 3.21 pm

    Fair point Ahmed,
    The reality of the situation should be shown on all media outlets, I am sure if western media outlets were showing the reality such as Al Jazeera then feelings may run higher, my point was realy that preaching to the converted will not help resolve the situation, the world expects demonstrations outside the Israeli embassy and throughout the Middle East but pressure should be brought to bare on European and US governments to act, afterall they are as resonsible for the creation of the problem and the rise of Hamas in the first place.

  • 5 MARIA ANTONATOU // Jan 4, 2009 at 5.52 pm

    MY FRIENDS, I WANT TO INFORM YOU THAT THE GREEK PEOPLE ARE ALL WITH PALESTINE PEOPLE AND WE MAKE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST ISRLAEL AND USA AND EUROPEAN COMMUNITY.PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ISNT EVEN A SINGLE GREEK THAT DOESNT SUPPORT PALESTINE. EVEN ONE!!! GOVERNMENTS ARE THE PROBLEM THOUGH.
    MY HEART AND SOUL IS IN PALESTINE!

  • 6 abu hamza // Jan 5, 2009 at 10.25 pm

    Millions have been demonstrating around the world, from Peru to Iceland, from norway to Toronto, from Tokyo to Manila

    Here is a full list of videofootage of those demonstrations against the zionist war crimes
    http://www.squidoo.com/The-Demonstrations-on-Gaza

  • 7 soso // Jan 13, 2009 at 4.55 pm

    hi i was wondering do u know where u can buy a palestinian flag in london?

  • 8 Sasa // Jan 13, 2009 at 7.53 pm

    You can try the Palestine Solidarity Campaign 020 7700 6192. If they don’t have one, they will know where you can buy one.

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