Friday 21 April 2017

Palestinian Prisoners' Day Demonstration in Trafalgar Square

We know that a lot of Palestinians are arrested and jailed unfairly. We know that the conditions of imprisonment are very bad. We also know that Israeli soldiers tend to jail children. We must organise actions to make people aware and to protest against those facts.

On the 20th of May, we went to Trafalgar Square, on the stairs of St-Martin-in-the-Fields to protest against the way Palestinians are treated regarding the imprisonment.

We were about 15 people, almost all CADFA's volunteers, but we also had two people from the International Jewish Antizionist Network (IJAN) who brought their own placards. Before the event, we made several signs with CADFA's volunteers and we gave them to the people who wanted to demonstrate. They were about the different injustices Palestinians have to face within this issue. Some of us were blindfolded. We also distributed around 500 leaflets to people in the street.

Trafalgar Square is always very busy and we decided to set up at 4:30pm, when people begin to go out the offices. So we reached a lot of them and the reacts were, as always, very disparate. Some were insensitive (but at least they have been reminded or educated), other were aggressive. One woman insulted us. But we have been given support by lots of people as well and we held very interesting discussions. We also met Palestinian people, very recently arrived from Palestine. They very happy about what we were doing.

We think that action was effective. We plan to organise another one very soon, about the same topic.

Here are some pictures from this demonstration.