Thousands gather in Glasgow to demand immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict
18.11.2023 - 18:47
Thousands of protestors gathered in Glasgow Green before marching through the city centre calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Organisers estimated that around 18,000 people turned out for the pro-Palestinian event, organised by a coalition of groups called the Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee.
Politicians from the SNP, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Greens addressed the crowd.
SNP MP Anum Qaisar said she had backed a ceasefire in the vote on her party’s Commons amendment earlier this week as it was the “morally correct thing”.
She added: “11,000 people have been massacred in Gaza, almost half of whom are children.
“Over 1,000 people killed in Israel by the atrocious attack by Hamas. These numbers are rising and they will continue to rise daily unless there’s an immediate ceasefire.”
She said it is “shameful” that the current Foreign Secretary, Lord David Cameron, is not an MP so cannot be questioned in the House of Commons.
Scottish Greens co-leader and government minister Patrick Harvie also spoke.
He said: “I cannot comprehend the mindset of those in Israel, who somehow seem to believe that further brutalising an already brutalised people can ever be a way of achieving their own security.
“Peace can only come with justice and with a profound correction to the historic injustice of the dispossession, occupation, demonisation and brutalisation of the Palestinian people.”
Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill said she had supported the Palestinian cause for 30 years adding that Scottish Labour would call for a ceasefire in an upcoming debate in Holyrood on Tuesday.
She said: “The end goal must be justice for the people of Gaza, it must be justice for the people of Palestine. They’re entitled to justice - the longest conflict in