Parisians march in support of Gaza

Protesters rally for fourth straight weekend to show support for Palestinians in Gaza.

    Protesters demonstrate against the BBC's refusal to broadcast a Gaza Emergency Appeal [EPA]

    Police momentarily blocked the march as it reached the lawns of Les Invalides.

    Thousands of marchers have poured onto Paris' streets on each of the last four Saturdays in response to the Israeli offensive on Gaza that began on December 27.

    Israel announced a cease-fire on January 17, and Hamas followed suit the next day.

    UK protests

    In London, around 400 people gathered for a rally outside British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offices to protest the media giant’s refusal to broadcast a charity appeal to raise emergency funds for people in Gaza.

    The crowd was addressed by speakers including Tony Benn, a former Labour cabinet minister, and George Galloway, an MP, who accused the BBC of bias against the Palestinians.

    The protesters chanted "BBC, shame on you" and a few threw shoes at the BBC office.

    The numbers later swelled to at least 5,000 for a march through central London.

    The Stop The War Coalition, which organised the march, estimates that the ban on broadcasting the appeal could cost up to $14 million in donations.

    The group had organised big rallies opposed to the violence in Gaza in London over the past few weekends.

    Around 5,000 people also took to the streets of Birmingham, Britain's second biggest city, for a pro-Palestinian demonstration, while around 100 Cambridge University students have occupied the law faculty there in protest at Israel's attacks on Gaza.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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