Protesters demonstrate against Gaza attacks
AROUND 100 people gathered in Nottingham city centre to protest against violence in Palestine.
The demonstration took place on the Old Market Square, from 3pm until 7.30pm on Saturday and ended in a candlelit vigil.
The protest relates to conflict between Israeli forces and militants in Gaza, with rockets fired by both sides.
Hannah Byrne, 20, of Beeston, who studies fine art at New College Nottingham, organised the protests and said: "Our aim is to draw the public's attention to the truth.
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"I have organised these demonstrations in defence of Palestinians in Gaza, suffering under the illegal Israeli led occupation and escalating onslaught of attacks."
Maryam Saghir, 21, a human rights activist from Carlton, also helped to organise the protest.
She said: "It went really well, lots of people stopped to take pictures but many also joined the protest. It was great to see people from all different walks of life getting together to support this cause."
The Nottingham branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who helped to publicise this weekend's protests, had a stall on the square on Saturday.
One of the branch officers, Chris Fraser, said the group had collected around 70 signatures for its petition calling for the end of the war in Gaza and of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Mr Fraser said: "We've had a really good response from people. As well as collecting signatures, we also took more than £200 in donations."