Protestors storm City Supermarket
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
A GROUP of 30 pro-Palestinian activists stormed the Marks and Spencers store in Newry on Saturday in a move organisers said was aimed at highlighting the ongoing situation in Gaza, writes Brian Hyland.
Protesters made their way to the city centre supermarket carrying flags, banners and placards depicting images and slogans calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and cleared a number of the store's shelves of what they said were Israeli products.
The protest was organised by the recently formed Newry Palestine Support Group, who said they will be carrying out similar protests over the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for the group said: "The peaceful, but noisy, protest was organised in response to the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza which, in recent weeks, has caused outrage around the world with horrific images of innocent civilians, most of whom are children. As a result we have seen people taking to the streets in their hundreds and thousands in various countries, including Ireland.
“Today's protest has been a huge success and we have raised some much needed awareness to the situation in Gaza. This is not a one off token protest, we are currently looking at other initiatives to partake in to support the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.
“Our members are made up of seasoned activists who have plenty of experience in campaigning on various humanitarian issues of concern over the years. Today's event is simply the first of many."
The Democrat contacted Marks and Spencers for a comment but did not receive a response at time of going to press.
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