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Labour MP office sprayed red over failure to call for Gaza ceasefire

PALESTINE protesters sprayed red paint over a senior Labour MP’s constituency office in Cardiff over her failure to support a ceasefire in Gaza.

The protesters accused Jo Stevens, shadow secretary for Wales, of having blood on her hands after abstaining on the SNP’s amendment vote on Wednesday in Parliament in line with the Labour whip.

Police said they were investigating the action that took place on Thursday evening.

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour Leicester South MP and shadow paymaster general, was also protested by his constituents who demanded he resign. 

Yesterday, Goldsmiths University students walked out from their classes to march to shadow disability minister Vicky Foxcroft’s office, where they held a memorial for those killed in Israel’s bombardment.

Students and staff at the University College London also walked out from their lectures.

Schoolchildren in Bristol handed a petition by their peers, calling for a ceasefire, to the City Hall as part of the School Strike for Palestine rallies across Britain.

And healthcare workers in scrubs were set to gather outside Downing Street yesterday evening for a vigil and to read out a statement to mourn the doctors, nurses and other colleagues killed in Gaza.

Today, protesters will gather in more than 100 local actions across Britain to continue the mass call for a ceasefire, with many held outside MPs’ offices.

The National Day of Action will see about 10 events in London alone, including rallies in Islington, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets.

A vigil will be held outside the Prime Minister’s residence in London where children will lay flowers, teddy bears and dolls, and empty milk bottles to mark the killing of babies.

Tomorrow, protesters will gather in Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, to fly a kite in solidarity with the children of Gaza.

National protest organisers have announced a large, unified demonstration in central London next Saturday, November 25.

A Stop The War Coalition spokeswoman said many of tomorrow’s regional protests will see speakers from various organisations and trade union branches.

“We are marching to [Labour shadow attorney general] Emily Thornberry’s office from Highbury and Islington station, but some of [the other actions] are static,” she said.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign director Ben Jamal said the rallies were organised to show that “ordinary people” support a ceasefire.

“They will show their solidarity with Palestinians who are suffering unimaginable harm,” he said.

“They will also demand the root causes are not forgotten — Israel’s decades-long military occupation of Palestinian territories and its system of apartheid against Palestinians.”


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