14 Aug 2006
Protest Diaries in Sydney - Rally To Stop the Bombing - Israel Out of Lebanon and Palestine
The Saturday rally on 12 August started at Sydney Town Hall which proceeded with a march to Hyde Park.
By the time it was 12, the crowd had swelled to at least a few hundreds (close to at least a thousand) to peacefully protest against the Israeli occupation in Lebanon and Palestine.
After a few speeches were given, the march started with a jubilant mood. The protestors were chanting simple yet powerful anti-war slogans such as “George Bush: Terrorists”, “ Free Free Lebanon; Free Free Palestine”, or “Israel, USA, How many kids have you killed today?” which helped to bolster the atmosphere of the crowd; as well as drawing the public’s attention.
By the time the protestors had marched to Hyde Park and gathered around the protest vehicle van, everyone was uplifted. At one point in time, certain groups of protestors were getting too rowdy that the MC had to ask all the protestors to sit on the green grass to allow the speakers to speak. More speeches continued, including a moving poem from a kid on his perspective on the war; as well as a mother who spoke about the war crimes committed against children in the war.