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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] [excerpt from Press Release] OVER 2,000 DEMONSTRATE IN SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE This morning (Saturday 4th May) over 2,000 people joined a demonstration under the banner, "Justice for Palestine - Hands off Iraq". The demonstration was remarkable for the diversity of its participants. Peace campaigners, human rights activists, Palestinian refugees now resident in Sheffield, political activists, trade-unionists, many from Sheffield's Asian communities, lots of young people, and two different bands, produced a lively mix and demonstrated the breadth of support that the struggle of the Palestinian people inspires here in Sheffield. Several 'feeder' marches joined the demonstration from local Stop the War groups, walking to the city centre from Heeley, Nether Edge, Pitsmoor, and Sharrow. As the demonstration assembled in Barkers Pool they were played in by Ragnarok. Speeches were kicked off by Rami Khateeb, a Palestinian student who has recently been in Ramallah and who described the violence of the Israeli army's assault on that city's people. As the demonstration wound around Sheffield city centre demonstrators chanted, "Stop the killing, stop the crime, Israel out of Palestine," and "Palestine - Freedom." The rally at Devonshire Green included a diverse platform of speakers, reflecting the range of groups that have come together to campaign on these issues. The Demonstration was organised in just two weeks by the newly formed Campaign Coordinating Committee of Sheffield (CCCS). The organisers are optimistic that this demonstration will encourage local people to get involved in future campaigning for justice in the Middle East, starting with travelling to London on May 18th for a National Demonstration called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk