Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has called for protests about the conflict in Gaza in Manchester to be peaceful, lawful and respectful to people living, visiting and working in the city centre.
Tony said: “As a regional capital, Manchester has a busy and diverse calendar of events. This weekend thousands of people will be in the city for events like Dig the City and Skyride. Many others will come to the city centre to shop, eat, drink and socialise. In addition, it is likely there will be protests about what is happening in Palestine.
“People are entitled to make their feelings known about what is happening in Gaza and I fully support the right to protest. Protest is democracy in action and is part of the fabric of our city – it helps make Greater Manchester great.
“But protest has to be lawful and it should be respectful. I would ask anyone taking to the streets of Manchester to protest about Gaza to consider this: do your actions help or hinder your cause? Visitors, residents and shop workers should not be bullied or intimidated. Behaviour that seeks to divide goes against our city’s values and has no place in any demonstration.”