Birmingham news Gridlock in city as Free Palestine protesters block streets in 'go-slow' event PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Free Palestine protesters in hundreds of vehicles gathered around the A38 and Queensway tunnel to highlight the plight of Palestinians after an increase in violence in Israel
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Hundreds of Free Palestine protesters gridlocked traffic on Birmingham's streets during a 'go-slow' event. Scores of demonstrators waved flags and sounded horns around the A38 and a smaller group later led a slow march through Queensway Tunnel. They came together in solidarity to highlight the plight of Palestinians following an increase in violence in Israel. Demonstrators gathered at the McDonald's at the Bristol Road junction before setting off on the demo after 3pm today, Friday, May 14. Some travelled to the Pagoda Island, while others seem to have turned off towards Five Ways Island. Others later led a slow march through the Queensway Tunnel. Motorists were advised to avoid Holloway Circus after the protest blocked the southbound carriageway. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Protest organisers had earlier urged people taking part not to block routes to emergency services. West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service both warned motorists to avoid the area if possible and to expect disruption. Organisers had said they wanted to avoid bringing traffic to a halt.
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One of the protest organisers told gathered crowds: "Today we are going to behave like civilians and behave like normal people. We are not going to obstruct our local authority. "We are going to show that we can be good, humble Muslims. We are not anti-semitic, nor are we against the Israeli people. "We are against the Israeli establishment."
One protester Nabila Haq told BirminghamLive: “I’m here today to stand with the people of Palestine. "If (the attacks) it happened in America it would be labelled terrorism. But just because it happened in Palestine it’s not defined like that." The protest is the latest in the city following demonstrations in the city centre last weekend and on Tuesday evening.
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