More than 200,000 British gathered on Saturday in London’s Hyde Park in the largest ever pro-Palestine demonstrations in British history, protesting against Israeli aggression against Gaza.
A large crowd blocked traffic near Victoria Embankment as dozens of police officers watched on before moving to Hyde Park.
Speeches were made by Labour MPs, anti-war campaigners and trade union members at the rally.
Demonstrators, calling for an urgent resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, held banners and placards bearing messages reading: “Free Palestine” and “stop the war,” as well as they loudly chanted: “Free Free Palestine.”
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the organiser of the event, decided to go ahead despite the announcement of ceasefire on Friday after 11-day Israeli bombardment that killed more than 240 people, including 65 children, 39 women and 16 elderly people.
Former Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell addressed the demonstrators saying: “Yes, a ceasefire has been negotiated and we welcome a ceasefire. But let’s be clear, there will be no ceasefire in our campaign to boycott, disinvest and sanction the Israeli apartheid state.
“The message is clear, we will not cease our campaign in solidarity until there is justice. So, let’s make it clear, no justice, no peace.”
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