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article imageEdinburgh halts for anti-Israeli march through city centre Special

By Gemma Fox     Jun 5, 2010 in World
Edinburgh - Edinburgh city centre came to an almost stand still this Saturday afternoon as protesters took to the street in a police-escorted anti-Israel march.
As Israeli soldiers guided the Irish-owned aid ship, Rachel Corrie into the port at Ashdod where supplies were being checked before being sent into Gaza, protests against the Israeli state took place in various places around the World.
The protests followed the Israeli attack five days ago on the international aid carrying Freedom Flotilla.
In Edinburgh parts of the main shopping street, Princes Street, Frederick Street and George Street were cordoned off moments before the pre-planned protest began.
Anti-Israeli march - Edinburgh
Anti-Israeli march - Edinburgh
Passers-by stopped to take pictures of this protest. The parade was made up of people from all walks of life, young, old, toddlers and students. Mothers walked with children in buggies and someone began a shout of "Viva Palestina" which grew to a chant among the protesters.
Anti-Israeli march - Edinburgh
Anti-Israeli march - Edinburgh
Police allowed passers-by to continue to cross the street through the protest as it remained peaceful. However one woman decided to challenge protesters on their beliefs causing one protester to shout, "Read the facts, they're murderers!" At which police requested he carry on his walk and then spoke quietly with the woman concerned.
Around her people asked why she shouldn't protest against the protesters.
Media walked alongside protesters as they marched along Princes Street taking pictures of what was a largely peaceful protest where most points were made by banners, many of which called Gaza "The Worlds Largest Open Prison", and flags proclaiming "Stop Israeli Terror".
The protest passed off peacefully enough despite many heckles from the crowd on both Princes Street and Frederick Street.
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