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Welsh protests over Gaza violence

A boy joins with protesters in Cardiff city centre
A boy among the protesters in Cardiff city centre

More than 100 people have attended a protest in Cardiff city centre calling for peace in Gaza.

Carrying banners and singing songs, they called for an end to violence in an hour-long demonstration.

Meanwhile, members of a group called Swansea Palestine Link protested at BBC Wales' Cardiff HQ by superglueing themselves to security barriers.

Palestinian officials say 360 have died in air attacks since Saturday. Four Israelis have died in rocket fire.

Demonstration organiser Ray Davies said at the protest in the main Queen Street shopping street: "We want to give a Welsh protest voice to what is happening in Gaza."

Peace protester
One of the protesters in Cardiff city centre on Tuesday

Mr Davies, vice-chair of CND Cymru, said: "I feel a great deal of sadness and pain at the bombings, and it has prompted me, and other people, to use that to campaign for peace in Palestine and Israel."

Yousif Abbas, who runs an Iraqi community school in Cardiff, said: "A resolution has been promised, but there is no sign of it. There needs to be an end to all this, by peaceful means."

Abdullah Saif, 18, from Butetown, Cardiff, said: "We're the next generation, and we need to show people what's happening."

Meanwhile, in the protest at BBC Wales, a man and woman glued themselves to barriers, temporarily closing access via the main reception area.

They said they were unhappy with coverage of the conflict and asked the BBC to refer to Hamas as a government which has been democratically elected.

A BBC spokesman said: "We're satisfied that the BBC's coverage of the events in Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been balanced, fair, accurate and up to the usual BBC standards of impartiality.

"In our reports, we have tried to explain how the current situation started and has since developed, and given air-time to representatives from across the political spectrum."

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