7 years ago today – Dave Nellist and Coventry Socialists join 5,000 strong protest against attacks on the people of Gaza
17th January in 2009 saw around 5,000 people protest in Birmingham against a war that claimed many lives.
An editorial statement from The Socialist newspaper explained
`One thousand two hundred and fifty confirmed dead, with the numbers still rising as bodies are dug out of the rubble. Around one third of the dead are children. More than 4,000 homes destroyed and over 17,000 damaged, as well as 25 schools and hospitals lying in ruins. Half a million people without water. More than 5,000 injured, many having lost limbs or suffering from severe burns as a result of phosphorus bombs. This is what the Israeli government calls ‘achieving its aims’.
Members of Coventry Socialist Party joined the huge protest in Birmingham, with Dave Nellist addressing the rally in Victoria Square. Dave received huge cheers from the crowd calling for an end to the siege of Gaza, the breaking of the blockade and an end to the Israeli occupation.
7 years on and the oppression of the Palestinians continues with capitalism offering no prospect of peace and security for ordinary people across the Middle East.
Recent escalations show that the current system offers no way forward in the Middle East for the poor and oppressed, and why we need to fight for socialism.
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