Thousands gather in London for Palestinian solidarity march following death of journalist

16-05-2022 09:46



Thousands of protesters took to the streets in central London in support of Palestinians and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was reportedly killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank.


Activists chanted “free Palestine”, “1, 2, 3, 4, occupation no more” and held an array of banners and signs as they marched from near the BBC headquarters at Portland Place to Downing Street.


Organisers said around 10,000 people attended the rally to stand in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and observe Nakbawhich commemorates the displacement of Palestinians when the Israeli state was founded.


A number of protesters held signs paying tribute to Al-Jazeera journalist Ms Abu Akleh, who was shot dead while covering a raid by Israeli forces in the West Bank, prompting widespread international condemnation.


Activists at the protest told The Independent they were outraged by the killing of the experienced correspondent, who was a household name across the Arab world and respected for her coverage of Palestinian life under Israeli rule.


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