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Thousands protest across Europe against Israel’s Gaza offensive

Posted by giacomofinzi su 3 gennaio, 2009


Thousands of protesters across Europe marched, rallied and even hurled shoes or stones Saturday to demand an end to Israel’s week-old campaign of air attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli strikes in Gaza have killed more than 430 people and left 1,700 injured. The offensive began last Saturday morning, when Israel launched a massive wave of airstrikes against Hamas targets in the strip in a bid to stem ongoing rocket fire on its southern communities.

A protester throwing a shoe during a demonstration in London Saturday against Israel’s offensive in Gaza. (Reuters)

In London, several thousand people, many carrying Palestinian flags, marched past Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Downing Street residence to a rally in Trafalgar Square. Outside Downing Street, hundreds of protesters stopped and threw shoes at the tall iron gates blocking entry to the narrow road.

Shoe-throwing has become a popular gesture of protest and contempt since an Iraqi journalist pelted U.S. President George W. Bush with a pair of brogues in Baghdad last month.

Among the London marchers were activist Bianca Jagger, ex-Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox and comedian Alexei Sayle.

“As a Jew, it’s very moving to see so many people who are so outraged at Israel’s actions,” Sayle said. “Israel is a democratic country that is behaving like a terrorist organization.”

Rallies were being held in other British cities – Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow – and across Europe, including in Germany, Austria and Turkey.

More than 4,000 people demonstrated in Duesseldorf, Germany, and some 5,000 in Frankfurt, and police said both protests went peacefully.

Protesters in Duesseldorf carried banners such as “Germany, look! Where is your sense of justice?” One group held up a doll representing a bleeding baby with the placard Made in Israel.

Several thousand people gathered in freezing temperatures in Berlin for a march along the capital’s Unter den Linden boulevard.

Another 2,500 people demonstrated in Salzburg, Austria, while scores protested peacefully outside the Foreign Ministry in Madrid, Spain.

Protests continued for a second day in the Turkish capital of Ankara, where about 5,000 demonstrators shouted “Killer Israel!” at a rally in the city center.

In Cyprus, pro-Palestinian demonstrators pelted riot police with rocks, sticks, shoes and oranges near the Israeli embassy in Nicosia. A peaceful protest by about 2,000 people turned violent when some protesters tried to break through a line of police blocking the road leading to the Israeli embassy. The demonstrators eventually dispersed.


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