Photos show hundreds of protesters at Sheffield's "biggest march yet" in solidarity with people of Palestine

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“Everyone is committed to one cause”

A march in solidarity with the people of Palestine on Saturday (June 1) was the biggest march so far in Sheffield, organisers say.

Demonstrations have been happening continually throughout the city since October, including a camp outside the town hall, interrupting a university awards ceremony, and a student encampment outside the University of Sheffield’s Student’s Union.

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Jon Cowler, who helps organise marches on behalf of the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “This march went from Weston Park, via both universities, and ended up at the town hall.

“There were a lot of young people this time, and a lot of people from different backgrounds. Everyone is committed to one cause.

Start of the march in Weston Park (June 1) (Submitted by Jon Cowler)Start of the march in Weston Park (June 1) (Submitted by Jon Cowler)
Start of the march in Weston Park (June 1) (Submitted by Jon Cowler) | Submitted by Jon Cowler

“It was the biggest march we have had since starting them in November.”

According to Al Jazeera, at least 36,654 people have been killed and 83,309 wounded in Gaza since October 7.

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The Israeli government claim the ongoing assault on Gaza is to destroy Hamas, the political and military movement governing the Gaza Strip, which killed over 1,100 people in Israel in an attack on October 7.

Jon added: “Sheffield is probably doing more than other places.

“We are seeing action day after day after day, because there has been a Palestinian solidarity campaign in Sheffield for many years.”

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Meryl Skyrme, who was one of hundreds in attendance at Saturday’s march, said: “It was a peaceful, thoughtful protest and full of people from all walks of life asking for a ceasefire in Gaza.”

The march called in on the Sheffield University Palestine encampment, which has been outside the Student’s Union for over a month.

After the University asked them to leave in a letter last week, a student member of the Sheffield Campus Coalition for Palestine (SCCP) said: “We have made every effort to present our concerns and our demands to the University administration, to no avail.

“As students, staff and alumni, we stand in solidarity with students of all ages in Palestine for whom education has been entirely halted for over eight months.”

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In 2022, a Freedom of Information request revealed Sheffield University had received £72 million from companies involved in the arms trade, including Boeing, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, since 2012.

Although this is entirely legal, it has caused concern from some students as products from some of these companies are used by the Israeli government in Gaza.

The University of Sheffield has been approached for comment.

The video shows a timelapse of protesters from Meryl Skyrme. The photo slideshow was provided by Aftab.

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