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WEEKEND OF GREATER MANCHESTER PROTESTS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS, WAR AND GAZA
 

Star date: 13th April 2018

THREE INJUSTICE PROTESTS THIS WEEKEND

There's three protests this weekend, beginning tonight with a rally in Piccadilly Gardens at 5:30pm organised by the Stop The War Coalition against any military strike in Syria. It's followed tomorrow, Saturday, by a protest against 'Israel's massacres in Gaza!' which runs noon until 3pm, also in Piccadilly Gardens...

...And on Sunday, from 4pm, starting in Piccadilly Gardens, there's Manchester's March for the Homeless with DJs and sound systems.

Full details here...


Manchester will see three protests this weekend, drawing in campaigners from around Greater Manchester and Salford.

The demos kick off tonight, April 13th at 5:30pm, with a kind of emergency rally against any UK military action in Syria. Titled 'Don't Bomb Syria: Manchester says no to government warmongering', it's organised by Greater Manchester Stop The War Coalition, and supported by Greater Manchester CND and Manchester Trades Union Council...

"Any strike on Syria by the US, the UK, France and other accomplices could lead to a direct confrontation with Russia" state the organisers "And this in turn could easily become a conflict fought with nuclear weapons. Is this what the government wants?

"Theresa May should not be risking the lives of millions of British people just to satisfy the interests of the US's rush to war" they explain "The people of Manchester marched in their thousands in opposition to the invasion of Iraq fifteen years ago. It is time their voice was heard again."

Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition convenor Penny Hicks adds: "We will demonstrate and we will keep demonstrating until we have a government committed to peace and prosperity, not war and austerity..."

For more details on the rally see the Facebook event page click here

Tomorrow, Saturday 14th April at noon, also in Piccadilly Gardens, is a rally and a march at 1pm, called by the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other groups to 'Protest Israel's massacres in Gaza! Stop Arming Israel!'...

"31 Palestinian protesters have been murdered and 1000s shot and injured since the Great Return March began on 31st March - and still they go out, unarmed to face the Israeli snipers, jeeps, drones and tanks shooting them at the Gaza border" state the organisers "The least we can do is stand with them.

"Palestinians have been mobilising for the Great Return March to protest the ongoing occupation and siege of Gaza and despite Israel's brutal massacre, they have remained resilient and determined to protest their oppressors and plan to march every Friday until 15th May 2018, which marks 70 years since the Al-Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine" they add

"We will keep marching in Manchester and continue to oppose all UK companies and organisations complicit in Israel's massacres of Palestinians" they state "We will stand against those investing in Israeli Arms companies whose profits increase the more bombs are dropped and the more protesters they kill."

For more details on this march and rally see the Facebook event page click here

And, finally, on Sunday 15th April, from 4pm at Piccadilly Gardens, there's the now annual Manchester's March for the Homeless, organised by Party Protest Manchester, which promises 'a full day of fun and protest', with DJs and sound systems.

To link with the other two rallies there's going to be speakers on Syria and Gaza at the start of the demo, with the march expecting to set off at 4:20pm and ending back at Piccadilly Gardens for a party.

For details on this rally and march see the Facebook event page click here

Phil wrote
at 08:23:41 on 14 April 2018
what perplexes me about the Israeli murder of Gazan protesters who have done nothing but attempt to march towards a fence, which I imagine has been illegally erected by Israel ... is that nobody with any power dares or sees fit to critiscise Israel. They seem to be able to get away with absolutely everything. Now compare that with the outcry over the Bloody Sunday shootings of Irish Catholic protesters. tThirteen were shot dead, and rightly people were outraged by this. So much so that today it is still fresh in peoples minds. Fact is, it isn't that long ago since the enquiery into it which cost tens of millions of pounds. Yet Israel does something which to my mind is worse, and nobody with any clout says a Goddammed thing about it. i simply do not understand why no foreign government cares in the slightest about the Palestinians, and why the Israeli government can get away with everything that it does. The World's Goverments silence on this is TRULY a Crime against Humanity.

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