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For Immediate Release

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National March for Palestine to Go Ahead Despite Ceasefire

At least 150,000 expected to attend protest in London on Saturday in solidarity with Palestine despite ceasefire.


March in solidarity with Palestine to go ahead despite ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel.

At least 150,000 are expected to attend the protest organised by Stop The War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

A solidarity march for Palestine that has been called in London is set to go ahead despite calls for a ceasefire, with protestors demanding an end to the UK's complicity in Israel's actions until it ends its system of ethnic cleansing and apartheid, as outlined by Human Rights Watch's recent 212-page report.

A spokesperson for the march said: "Despite the ceasefire, Palestinians in Gaza still face a 15-year long siege that entraps them and violates all of their human rights. Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem continue to face a brutal military occupation, including restrictions on movement, home demolitions and the enforcement of military law on the civilian population. Palestinian citizens of Israel are still subject to over 65 laws that discriminate against them and render them second class citizens and, Palestinians in exile are still denied their right to return home. Israel's system of apartheid and ethnic cleansing cannot continue. We can't stop just because Israel has temporarily stopped bombing Gaza. We must campaign and protest until the Palestinian people enjoy what is their birth right: freedom, justice and equality in their historic homeland."

The demonstration will start at 13.00pm on Saturday 22nd May at Victoria Embankment and travel to Hyde Park.

Follow the demonstration on Twitter with #UK4Palestine

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