"End the siege on Gaza"
Hundreds of protesters assembled in Whitehall, Westminster, opposite Downing Street May 2011 to demand that the British government put pressure on Israel to end the siege of Gaza immediately.
The event – along with hundreds of similar events around the globs – also commemorated the Palestinian Nakba, or Great Catastrophe, in 1948 when the state of Israel was founded and Palestinians were violently driven out of their homes and their land was taken from them at gunpoint.
Many spoke of the hopes raised by the uprisings in Egypt and other Arab countries and by the concord reached by Hamas and Fatah. And there were calls for volunteers to join the next aid flotilla to Gaza.