Sunday, 6 June 2010

Action we need!

My report from the London demonstration called in response to the vicious slaughter of 9 innocent aid volunteers on a flotilla of aid ships, loaded with desperately needed food and medical supplies destined for Gaza is as follows:

It was one of the hottest days of the year in London, and having cycled through the streets. I made my way to Downing Street or rather the Whitehall entrance to the official residence of British Prime Ministers. I suppose the great iron gates that close off the street from the public will be one of the least remembered legacies left to the nation by Iron Lady Thatcher!

And even though, this Iron spider's web of toughened steel that protects the occupants from whatever the authorities see as a threat, and yet still a double line of police are deployed, this I suppose is understandable when I remember on one demonstration in support of Liverpool Dockers about fifteen years ago, the iron gates were scaled and protesters got on to the tops of government buildings, anyhow that’s another story. But one thing that did strike me is the constant work that’s on going to improve as far as I can make out, the security of the area, and I don’t mean from so-called terrorists. However when I arrived yesterday, the multitude of those gathered had surrounded the police and the entrance; soon reinforcements were dispatched to clear away and gain control, nice sight though I thought, flags flying and people chanting free Gaza Now! End the Blockade!

Just to give a little more of the ambiance prevailing: Both ends of Whitehall were blocked to the flow of traffic for a time, a number of buses were trapped with passengers mostly tourists and protesters started to dance on top of a single deck number 12 when free food turned up provided by "the Hare Krishnas" who are lovely people, they by the way feed the homeless all over London.

I would say about ten thousand (StWC say 20,000) had turned out at the start and not really with a lot of time to mobilise or circulate this was quite good, and with speakers which included some who had been on the flotilla, their message was blasted through the PA system towards Downing Street.

At the head of the march a giant Palestinian flag was carried, this was followed by what I call the great and good, the usual lot, Tony Benn, George Galloway, John Rees, Lindsey German, Kevin Ovenden, Salma Yeqoob and others.

I suppose I sound a bit of a cynic here then, well I am, and for what I think is good reason.

Ibrahim Bilgen, Ali HaydarBengi, Cevdet Kiliçlar, Çetin Topçuoglu, Necdet Yildirim, Fahri Yaldiz, Cengiz Songür, Cengiz Akyüz and US citizen, 19 year old Furkan Dogan gave their lives trying to end the siege of Gaza.

The nine men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, that’s according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice.

This is nothing more than premeditated murder of which the orders were given by the leadership of the state of Israel – a crime that you can rest assured is being played down disgracefully by other world leaders, at home and aboard.

A 60-year-old man for god’s sake, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old Fulkan Dogan, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back.

Murder… Murder… Murder…And Murders!

We need to step up our campaigning, we need to do more than just organise an outing for the great and good, who make the same speeches time after time. We need to stop just marching around London; but marching and organising action up and down the country, we need to boycott anything and everything to do with Israel, we need to set-up collections of money, food, medicine and general provisions, like we did during the miners strike.

But what we realy need to do more than anything else is speck to people in our communities and at work, because the media won’t do it for us!

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