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Charlotte Church leads off march calling for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

09 Mar 2024 3 minute read
Charlotte Church (right) takes part in a pro-Palestine march in central London during a national demonstration for ceasefire in Gaza. Photo ordan Pettitt/PA Wire

Charlotte Church was at the front of thousands of pro-Palestine supporters marching in central London calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza today (9 March).

The march, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), started at Hyde Park Corner and  finished at the US embassy.


She said she joined the pro-Palestine protest to “show solidarity with the people of Palestine for all that they are suffering through”.

Speaking to the PA news agency, she said: “I am here today to call for an immediate ceasefire, to ask our Government and governments all over the world to send as strong message as we possibly can.

“But a strong, a peaceful a loving message, that’s what every single march that I’ve been on for Palestine has been about.

“There’s been singing there’s been drumming, yes, there’s been emotion, but in the majority that emotion has been love, has been compassion because that’s why we’re all here.

“We’re all here because we cannot bear what we’re witnessing. We cannot bear to see civilians, children, women slaughtered.

“And so we are here because our hearts are so full of love for the Palestinian people.”


Demonstrators waved Palestine flags and carried banners which read “stop the war on Gaza” and “ceasefire now” as they marched to the US Embassy.

Protesters chanted “free free Palestine”, “what do we want? Ceasefire. When do we want it? Now” and the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”.

Female volunteers from Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) joined protesters on the march, which falls a day after International Women’s Day, to “highlight the Palestinian genocide as a gendered issue”.

It was revealed the cost of policing Gaza-related protests in London has reached over £32 million and has required 35,464 officer shifts and more than 5,200 officer rest days to be cancelled, the Metropolitan Police said.

It added that a “robust policing plan” was in place for a “busy weekend in the capital”.

It comes as the Government’s counter-extremism tsar warned that London’s streets have become a “no-go zone for Jews” during pro-Palestine protests.

Robin Simcox said a “permissive environment for radicalisation” was developing as he welcomed the Government’s forthcoming new definition of extremism.

And last week Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned that democracy is being targeted by extremists and said there are “forces here at home trying to tear us apart”.

Mr Sunak, in a message aimed at those taking part in pro-Palestine protests, urged people to reject extremist messages.

Ben Jamal, director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, responded to the Prime Minister’s address by suggesting he “look in the mirror” and expel some senior MPs from his party.

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago

Wonderful message Charl…da iawn!!!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

It’s not antisemitic or pro-Hamas if you wish to see a Gaza ceasefire, or is it a crime to want to save the lives of thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians suffering unspeakable torture at the hands of Zionist Israel because of Hamas atrocities that occurred on October 7th. Collective punishment is a warcrime. And those who gather in large crowds around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people are not hate marches when they wish to see the end of all killing, peace between Jews & Arabs , ending with a two-state solution. I find the real haters and… Read more »

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