A huge crowd attended the Preston for Palestine rally in the city centre yesterday (Saturday 22 May).Advertisement
The peaceful protest on the Flag Market and surrounding streets – one of many taking place around the world – was in response to the current conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Photos and videos from the event show hundreds if not thousands of people in attendance, many holding placards and waving flags.
Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown, tweeted from the rally, saying: “Really privileged to join and speak at the peaceful event for the rights of the people in Palestine in Preston today. We must secure a peaceful and just solution for the region that brings equality for all and an end to all violence.”
Prior to the event, one of the organisers, Naima Adam, said: “We’ve come together to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem. We want the world to know that we cannot just stay silent when Israel continues to oppress an entire people through various means of aggression.
“We are holding this protest and rally in the hope that we can amplify the issue to those who may not be aware and also stands as a message to those who hold power that we are watching and we are holding them to account.”
Sir Mark Hendrick MP couldn’t attend the rally but said he is behind the Palestinian cause: “Many people have written to me and I have, to date, received around 1,300 emails calling for action. Rest assured, even without these email campaigns, this is an issue that is close to my heart and I will continue to pressure the government into driving forward actions to bring peace to the Palestinian people.”
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