Huge turnout in Newcastle for Cross the Tyne for Palestine march as thousands descend on Quayside

The peaceful march took place on Saturday afternoon in an attempt to strengthen the calls for a ceasefire in Gaza

Thousands of demonstrators took to Newcastle’s Quayside on Saturday to take part in the Cross the Tyne for Palestine march.

Starting off at around midday, the peaceful march took place in an attempt to strengthen the calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. Organised by the Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign (NPSC), the route passed over the Millennium Bridge and ended in Baltic Square, where speakers addressed the crowd.

The event was attended by and estimated 1,800 people, including members of the public, trade unionists, and artists, with the Quayside becoming awash with Palestine flags and signs calling for a ceasefire. It is one of many marches which have been organised since the Israel-Hamas war broke out.

Speaking to ChronicleLive before the march, co-chair of the NPSC, Stuart Hill, 72, said: “We’ll be starting from the Quayside and along to the Millennium Bridge, crossing over which our Palestinian flags flying and going to the Baltic. There’s a space there and we’ve got a series of speakers and will address the crowd.

“We’ve been having events every week since the bombing of Gaza started and we will continue with our activities. We’ve now also started very intensive lobbying of MPs and councillors over the key aim of an immediate ceasefire. We’ve got a variety of speakers, some from the Muslim community, trade unions and artists. Essentially, that’s what’s happening today.”

Stuart added: “We’re alternating our events, today it is a march and rally, a very traditional democratic thing. We’re also having a completely different event next Saturday, the details of which are being finalised. Another thing, is at the end of our protests, we’re reading out the names of children who have been killed…the list is very, very long. In reality it’s probably about 6,000 now and then a three minutes silence after that.”

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