solidarity reports

Please post as a comment any report you would like to make of Gaza solidarity events and actions, and include links to video footage or other coverage… thank you! It’s great to hear!

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20 Responses to solidarity reports

  1. Brighton solidarity says:

    About 300-400 people gathered yesterday in Brighton in solidarity with the people of Gaza, marched round town. Demonstrations in towns all over Britain, with lots of people in London, throwing their shoes at Downing Street and staying outside the Israeli embassy until late. Phone calls to embassies to demand their countries speak out against Israel’s attacks in Gaza.
    Love and rage x

  2. Saritasinpelo says:

    Around 3,000 people marched in Manchester on Saturday 3rd January, despite only a few days’ notice and cold weather. The crowd was hugely diverse, from ‘usual suspect’ lefties and Stop the War Coalition types, a huge turnout from Manchester’s Muslim communities and even representation from the Neturei Karta, anti-Zionist orthodox Jews whose Sabbath meant that they could not speak from the podium but who brought a statement to be read out. Local non-hierarchical activists also distributed leaflets listing factories and offices in the North of England and Midlands associated with companies which make armament components for Israel – the information from the leaflets is also availbale at http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/manchester/2009/01/417196.html

  3. daniel in bristol says:

    In the region of 300 people gathered with very short notice in Bristol who then marched and shouted demands for justice and peace as they walked through the centre of town. The numbers grew to perhaps 400 by the end of the march, many people joining along the route.
    Echoing the comments above, it was the most diverse bunch of people i have ever experienced on a protest. Many people have been driven to protest who would not normally do so, such is the horror with which we witness these events.
    Daily vigils are continuing in Bristol until further notice.
    With love and sadness

  4. Clare says:

    We had a Saturday vigil in Lancaster, NW England, with about 40 people. It was a good mixed group. A lot of passers by were very sympathetic. Only two men shouted against us, both saying “what about the rockets from Hamas”. We had leaflets explaining the longer history of the conflict to put it in context. I hope that this will have helped some people to understand more about what is happening.

    There will be another vigil next week too.

    Many best wishes

  5. Latest Tales to Tell blog as a poster available at

    https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/417337.html

    Love and anger xxx

  6. Admin says:

    i support gaza and build some news blog for gaza
    http://gazanews.wordpress.com

  7. westsideclimateaction says:

    In Bristol today a number of protestors paid a visit to one of the UK high streets biggest names to highlight their link with the Israeli government and their ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people…

    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/417730.html

  8. brighton mister says:

    everyday I read a post is great on a personal level. And also to hear the tales you are telling of what’s going on is a great way of communicating with the world, and we are indeed passing on every word. And thinking of you all. And acting.. Anyway, to be brief, a big demo in London today, perhaps 50-100,00 people. Enough to say you are not alone, while only you can be enduring the awfulness that you are enduring, we’re here, your friends, we may never have met, but we are all thinking and acting for you, with love and anger and rage, we are here xxxx

  9. brighton mister says:

    Well my friends, having been to the demonstration in London today and been severely unimpressed by the socialist worker bureaucracy capitalising on the misery MISERY of the people of Gaza, I abuse my access to your email to ask you to aid them directly via

    http://www.palestinercs.org/Donate_online.aspx – they’re there, they’re getting shot and they need support (red crescent and red cross)

    And http://www.freegaza.org – sending another medical and food aid boat from lebanon to gaza possibly today, sunday, hopefully not being rammed by Israeli navy this time. Please support them anyway you can via their website, letting ‘your’ government know about relevant internationals, etc

    with love and rage xxx

    And please forward this…

    also see http://www.talestotell.wordpress.com

  10. Tales to Tell poster #3, please forward, print, post up, woteva… xxx

  11. friend says:

    Wanted you and your friends to know that the corporate media completely misreported Saturday’s Gaza solidarity demo in London. Turnout was enormous, and of all the demos I’ve ever been on, this was the angriest and most passionate. People could not be placated…riots broke out, and even after getting battoned many times, masses of women and men and people of diverse ethnicities continued chanting into the night that the people of Palestine will be free…
    This was just one of the global demonstrations that were taking place that day (and continue everyday).
    Much lovexx

  12. Shakil Patel says:

    It is heartwarming to see there are still so many poeple in the world who still care for human lives. There was demonstration in blackburn on sunday were a massive 7-8000 poeple took part. Credit has to be given to the blogger who despite knowing of the dangerous situation still continues to risk life to report fairly and correctly at the state of the war unlike the mainstream reporters. Keep it up.

  13. Free Gaza banner drop off Brighton west pier, see

    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/418311.html

    in solidarity with the people of Gaza. We keep reading your blog and others and passing on word.

    love and rage xxx

  14. friend says:

    anti-war protesters broke into a Brighton arms factory, causing extensive damage.

    The group entered the EDO MBM Technology plant in Home Farm Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, East Sussex in the early hours of this morning.

    Demonstrators said they were “decommissioning” the site in protest against the killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.
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    Equipment manufactured at the plant is being used in Gaza by the Israeli air force, part of F-16 release clips.

    Andrew Beckett, spokesman for protest group Smash EDO, said: “According to one witness computers and filing cabinets were hurled out of top floor windows as a group of protesters broke in to the factory.”

    Police officers discovered extensive damage had been caused to the building, computer equipment and precision machinery.

    DCI Graham Pratt said: “Windows had been smashed and offices turned over in what I would describe as wanton vandalism, but with machinery and equipment so targeted that it could have been done with a view of bringing business to a standstill. The damage is significant and the value substantial.”

  15. sam says:

    UK protesters decommission an arms factory supplying weapons to the Israeli state.

    Nine activists were arrested at a Brighton weapons factory, EDO, in the early hours of this morning (17th). According to one witness computers and filing cabinets were hurled out of top floor windows as a group of protesters broke in to the factory in the early hours staging a “citizen’s decommissioning” of the EDO-MBM/ITT arms factory in direct response to the killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.

    According to reports on the BBC and Guardian newspaper ‘serious damage’ has been caused to the factory. “with machinery and equipment so targeted that it could have been done with a view of bringing business to a standstill. The damage is significant and the value substantial.” (police statement)

    EDO MBM is the sole British subsidiary of US weapons company EDO Corp. From its Moulescoomb base it manufactures laser-guided missiles that have been used extensively in Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Somalia.

  16. Mohammed shriteh says:

    Am EMT Ambulance driver
    i have story to tell it si more worst for me it is happened when i was in Alquds hospital the stoey is ” while i was in hospital i heared Screaming beside hospital i went there then i Found small girl she was shooting by Israely Sniper in her neck and Abdomen she had bleeding too much Fast i toke her to Operations room the doctor help her but sorry she was Hard Situation so sorry today finlly she is died and her father Injured ”
    that what i wont to tell from Gaza

  17. talestotell says:

    Submitted on 2009/01/24 at 3:54am
    Over the past week, 17 British universities have staged university ‘occupations’ to express solidarity with Gaza and to demand that their universities extend moral and practical support to Palestinian students.

    The first sit-in began at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, then spread to King’s College Londond and the London School of Economics (LSE). They then moved to Sussex, Warwick, Newcastle, Oxford, Essex, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan, Bristol, Nottingham, Salford, Kingston and Cambridge.

    Student action on this scale has not taken place for several decades, and the recent protests are being seen as the first step in establishing a movement similar to the anti-apartheidmovement of the 1980s.

    We want to tell Gazans that there are people in the world that support them, and the Israeli government to know that the students of today will not allow their oppression of the Palestinian people to continue.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jan/23/student-protests-gaza
    (Cambridge announced their occupation tonight, after this article was written.)

    Please spread the word across the blogsphere by providing links to these sites.

    Student occupation websites:
    *SOAS: http://soassolidarity4gaza.blogspot.com
    * LSE: http://lseoccupation.blogspot.com
    * Kings: http://kcloccupation.blogspot.com
    * Warwick: http://warwicksolidaritysitin.wordpress.com
    * Essex: http://www.visitpalestine.asia/page.cfm/id/98207
    * Birmingham: http://birminghamoccupation.wordpress.com
    * Sussex: http://sussexoccupation.blogspot.com
    * Oxford: http://occupiedoxford.wordpress.com/
    * Cambridge: http://cambridgegazasolidarity.blogspot.com/

  18. talestotell says:

    SUCCESS FOR OCCUPATION OF BBC SCOTLAND

    Over 100 protestors from the Stop the war and Palestinian
    groups occupied the BBC’s Scotland headquarters in Glasgow.
    The occupation was a complete success in increasing pressure
    on the BBC and getting widespread media coverage. The BBC
    management conceded to the protesters’ demands for a meeting
    with representatives from the BBC national executive. There
    were no arrests. For a full report, go to:
    http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

  19. BAE systems blockaded for Role in Gaza Siege says:

    27.04.2009
    This morning activists from Break the Siege! blockaded BAE systems factory in Middleton, Manchester. Using motorbike chains and D-locks they obstructed the plant by sealing off several entrance points. A banner was also hung which read: ‘BAE profits from the siege on Gaza’. This direct action was a response to a call for a day of action by the No Borders network.

    Break the siege! BAE Systems Middleton Targeted for role in Gaza siege.

    This morning activists from Break the Siege! blockaded BAE systems factory in Middleton, Manchester. Using motorbike chains and D-locks they obstructed the plant by sealing off several entrance points. A banner was also hung which read: ‘BAE profits from the siege on Gaza’. BAE calls itself ‘The Systems Company Innovating for a Safer World’ but there is no safety for those under siege in Gaza.

    The war in Gaza is apparently over, yet people are dying everyday because of this most brutal of border controls. Israel and Egypt shut all borders on the 5th February. Egypt said it will close the Rafah border indefinitely as Gaza is an ‘occupied territory’. The activists demand for an immediate opening of all borders with Gaza, beyond the occasional ‘border open day’. Sasha Jenkins who was on the protest said: “Arms manufacturers such as BAE go unchallenged and are funded by our government. We are all complicit in the situation in Gaza. The siege is a clear example of the terrifying logic of border controls when taken to the extreme.”

    BAE systems are the largest arms-manufacturer in the world and are profiting directly by upholding the border regime in Gaza.

    Nearly 1.5 million Palestinians live in Gaza and the population density is nearly 20,000 people per square mile, one of the highest in the world. Over one-half of its residents are children. Despite this, international attempts at providing aid have been denied by those implementing the siege. Movement of people, medical supplies and food has been fatally restricted.

    People have a right to live without fear, racism and nationalism. Activists on the protest call for an end to border controls and act in solidarity with the international No Borders network. ‘Break the siege!’ also supports groups in resistance on both sides of the border, from Anarchists Against the Wall in Israel, and the “Sarvanim” Refuseniks of Israel, to Free Gaza, and the International Solidarity Movement. This direct action was a response to a call for a day of action by the No Borders network.

    A spokesperson from the group said: “BAE must be held accountable for their role in the siege and we encourage other groups to take action against them. The war is not over, and we should not turn our backs on the people of Gaza.”

    Break the Siege
    gazasiege2009@googlemail.com

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