Thousands of furious but peaceful protesters filled Birmingham’s city centre this past Friday to demand the long-awaited end to the crimes and bloodshed in the Palestine and the rest of the Middle-East.
The ‘Stop the War Coalition’ constructed the event close to the Bullring shopping centre around 5 or 6pm. As time went on more and more people added to the gathering, some say that more than 2,000 protesters showed up, they began by marching near the Mailbox and then turning to the Council House in Victoria Square.
This was just one protest in the collection of nationwide protests that are planned for the coming weekend. Salma Yaqoob who was the previous Birmingham city councillor said in relation to the protest that is was peaceful and Birmingham councillor Waseem Zaffar also addressed the rally by tweeting:
“End the siege in Gaza, a clear message from the people of Birmingham.”
“Hundreds standing in solidarity with Palestine.”
The Official website of the Coalition’s provided tis short statement:
“Israel is intensifying its brutal bombing of defenceless Gaza with the support of David Cameron.
“Join a protest in your area. Spread the word.”
West Midlands Police representatives that monitored the event also addressed the protests, they said:
“The demonstration was peaceful but one entrance to the Mailbox became inaccessible as large numbers gathered outside.”
The protest was organised straight off the heels of the Palestinian death toll after Israel’s air strikes in Gaza which reached over 100.
Also, Gaza’s civilian military have also fired more than 550 rockets in an attempt to defend themselves from Israel, rocket fire remained constant and areas such as southern and central Israel and Israel’s international airport but most of the damage has been reported in Gaza, Palestine.