August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Over 250 people of Wakefield District gathered on Wakefield Cathedral precinct to protest against the Israeli Governments disgraceful and vicious attacks on Gaza and its people.
John Gill, Wakefield & Pontefract Socialist Party
The protest had many young people and families from the city, many who have never spoken in public before gave impassioned speeches, along with local trade unionists and religious leaders such as Ken Capstick, Yorkshire NUM Vice-President during the 1984-5 strike, Tony Robinson, the Bishop of Pontefract and Mr Shah from the Wakefield Mosques.
Socialist Party members leafleted amongst the crowds as well as on our stall, around twenty papers were sold and most people got a leaflet or signed our petition. Several contacts were made with young people on the protest, with two Palestinian refugees staying locally amongst others.
A dozen EDL members, mainly from South Yorkshire hung around the protest attempting to disrupt it but were drowned out every time they tried so they gave up fairly soon when faced with mass numbers.
Wakefield Socialist Party will be holding a meeting about the Israel/Palestine conflict on Tuesday August 12th at 7.30pm in the Black Rock in Wakefield including a report from the CWI summer school about the work being done in the working class of Israel and Palestine to fight for Socialist change, the only long term solution to the conflict.