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Children march through Preston city centre in call for end to Gaza conflict

Posted on - 27th May, 2024 - 11:51am | Author - | Posted in - Flag Market, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The march makes its way along Fishergate on Friday Pic: Preston For Palestine

More than one thousand children marched through Preston city centre to call for an end to conflict in Gaza.

The march – on Friday 24 May evening – saw an estimated 1,500 children go from the Flag Market along Fishergate and back to the Flag Market.

Organised by a number of city mosques along with the Preston for Palestine campaign group the march aimed to ‘send a message of solidarity’ to children in Gaza.

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Khadijah Timol, aged 10 from Masjide Saliheen Madrasah, said: “It was amazing to see so many children having the worry and concern for the Children of Gaza and what they have been going through. We hope that the images and videos can be seen by them so they know they are not alone.”

The march took place between 5pm to 7pm and organisers say they took inspiration from the historic civil rights march by Dr Martin Luther King in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s which saw children march for an end to segregation in the USA.

Imam Farook Kazi, a local headmaster said of the march: “Just as we saw the segregation in America and Apartheid in South Africa, we have seen all of these things and more happening in Palestine over the last 75 years, and the horror of Gaza is just the latest assault on an indigenous population by a colonial power.

“Our children are wiser than their parents and grandparents and they know that the struggle for justice in Palestine is the same struggle that drove Martin Luther King to fight for equal rights in America. This is all that Palestinians want – equality. Our children are hugely impacted by the deaths of 15,000 innocent children in Gaza – 15 Palestinian children have been killed for every Preston child expected to attend the march.”

One of the march organisers, Michael Lavalette from Preston campaign group ‘Children of the Ghetto’ added: “I am so proud of our children and of their commitment to justice. I’m confident that in these children’s life-time we will see a free Palestine, one where there is freedom, justice and equality for all.”

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