Commissioner calls for Gaza protests to be lawful and respectful


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.”


Tim Lynch

It is a shame that you can’t be less negative about the Gaza protests. Everybody has a moral duty to support the Palestinians in their plight.

Steve Specterman

Manchester has fought its way from being a provincial city with dirty canal system- To a cosmopolitan city and all it can bring to the good of the Manchester community.
Protests should be organised away from the shopping areas- The people of Manchester and the many visitors to out city should have the freedom to enjoy te city to the full without hindrance.

Imagine if every group who had a gripe about something- such as Tibet, Chechnya, etc etc were encouraged to carried on in this way. The city would close down.

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