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.
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.
When the Palestinian flag was attached to the top of a lamppost (below) a cheer went up through the crowd.
Cars hooted in support as they passed people holding Free Palestine placards.
Some 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.