Hundreds take part in city centre march for Gaza

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Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Preston to show their support to Gaza.

The march took place on Saturday afternoon and saw men, women and children, walk through the city centre waving Palestinian flags and placards and shouting ‘free free Palestine.

Rally for Gaza on Preston Flag Market

Rally for Gaza on Preston Flag Market

The walk started and finished at the Flag Market with the route including Fishergate and part of Friargate.

Once back at the Flag Market a rally was held which saw a number of speeches made against the ongoing military attacks in Gaza.

The peaceful demonstration came a day after the Palestinian flag was raised at Preston Town Hall following a hours of confusion over whether it would be flown or not.

Speakers described the moment as “historic” and thanks were given to Preston Council.

The march and rally was organised by campaign group Children of the Ghetto.

Chairman Mukhtar Master said at the end of the event: “It has been absolutely fantastic, there’s a really good turnout.

“It just goes to show after 19 days of constant bombardment in Gaza and our demo two weeks people have turned out in their thousands for the people of Gaza. It is really good to see many different parts of the community come together.

It just goes to show there is such huge support for the Palestinian people.”

The very flag that was raised at Preston Town Hall on Friday was auctioned off with a winning bid of £1,500 to help those in Gaza.

Former Preston Council Michael Lavalette added: “I think it has been good, the march was good, it was lively.

“It was a good demonstration, yesterday and today we’ve had close to a couple of thousand people turnout to show support.

“There has been demonstrations in a number of places, I would guess that it has seen the biggest number of people in Britain demonstrating in support of Palestine ever.

“If the killing continues we will be back week after week.

“I think it will gradually make a difference.” Speakers at the event included Mr Lavalette and Coun Liz Atkins.

A statement of support was read on behalf of Preston MP Mark Hendrick who was away on parliamentary business.

Rita Gough, 54, from Fulwood, was one of many involved in the march. She said: “I am here in support of Palestinians being slaughtered infront of our eyes. It is a catastrophe that we are watching and we can’t stand back. It is something that it close to my heart.

“There is a great support for this in Preston.”

Laura Penketh, 59, added: “We can’t keep standing by and letting this happen.”