Gaza flotilla supporters call emergency protest in London

By staff writers
June 1, 2010

An emergency demonstration has been called in central London on Saturday 5 June 2010 to protest against the Israeli assault on a flotilla of aid ships heading for blockaded Gaza.

The march will start from Downing Street at 1.30 pm and head to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington where there will be a rally. The organisers are the Palestine Solidarity Campaign along with CND, the Stop the War coalition, the British Muslim Initiative and Viva Palestina.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign's General Secretary, Betty Hunter, says: "For us in the head office of PSC, the reality of Israel’s ceaseless campaign of attrition has been brought even closer to home with the news that our Director of Campaigns, Sarah Colborne, is one the campaigners illegally being held hostage by the Israeli Government. I am sure I speak for all members and supporters when I say that our thoughts are with all those being held hostage and particularly with Sarah, her family and her friends."

The UK trade union movement has been quick to show its support for and those travelling on the flotilla, following Israel’s attack on Mavi Marmara.

At its annual conference in Manchester, the UNITE union passed an emergency motion calling for an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza.

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