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Scots protests at Israeli action
Rally in St Enoch Square, Glasgow
About 1,500 attended a rally in Glasgow
Hundreds of people have staged protests in Scotland against Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

Rallies and demonstrations took place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy in Fife, as well as other UK locations.

Organisers in Glasgow said a five minute sit-down protest was a show of solidarity with the people of Lebanon.

They said 1,500 were at a rally in St Enoch Square. In Edinburgh, a demonstration by the Mound was attended by about 200 people.

Speakers at the Glasgow event included Osama Saeed, president of the Muslim Association of Britain, anti-Zionist Jewish follower Henry Maitles and Scottish National Party MSP Sandra White.

Global agenda

Organiser Keir McKechnie said: "It was a very passionate rally.

"People were very pleased that so many had turned out and felt empowered by that."

"We want the Israeli government to stop the bombing in Lebanon, but we also want to stop those who are allowing them to do that, the Labour government and the Bush administration.

"This action in Lebanon is part of the so-called war on terror. We condemn all these actions and see them as part of the same global agenda."

The UK government should be giving full backing to the UN and international calls for an immediate ceasefire by Hezbollah and Israel
Alex Salmond
SNP leader

Meanwhile, SNP Leader Alex Salmond has written to UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, supporting his call for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict.

Mr Salmond has condemned the UK government for its failure to support the call.

"This is not a time for us to take sides, instead the UK government should be giving full backing to the UN and international calls for an immediate ceasefire by Hezbollah and Israel," he said.

"The prime minister should be offering his unconditional support to the UN secretary general, but instead has adopted his usual position as an unquestioning client of the United States."

The rallies came as the last of the British evacuations from Lebanon took place, making a total of about 4,000 people moved to safety in Cyprus.


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