Protests in support of Palestinians held​ in Newry

​Hundreds of people took part in a white line picket on Newry’s Monaghan Street, on Wednesday to mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Healthcare workers protest at Daisy Hill Hospital.Healthcare workers protest at Daisy Hill Hospital.
Healthcare workers protest at Daisy Hill Hospital.

​Organised by the Newry branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), the picket stretched right along Monaghan Street from outside Dunne’s car park to the roundabout at the other end of the street.

The protestors were demanding a permanent ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Patsy Doyle, Chairperson of the Newry Branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), said: “We are delighted with the turnout on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on Wednesday.

The white line protest which was held on Wednesday on Monaghan Street.The white line protest which was held on Wednesday on Monaghan Street.
The white line protest which was held on Wednesday on Monaghan Street.

“The people of Newry, South Down and South Armagh have come out in support of Gaza, demanding an end to the slaughter of the innocent. We will continue to protest and raise our voices for Gaza, we are their voice. We encourage people to come forward to join in the campaign and save Gaza.”

Meanwhile, workers at Daisy Hill Hospital held a vigil to remember their colleagues in Gaza as part of a nation-wide protest organised by Unison.

Over the last few weeks over 220 healthcare workers have been killed while trying to save the lives of many thousands of badly wounded civilians.

Unison rep Deirdre Murphy, a staff nurse at Daisy Hill, said, “In unity with healthcare workers all over the world we wanted to respect and honour the courage and humanity of our colleagues in Gaza, those who have lost their lives and those who continue to treat the huge numbers of badly wounded men, women and children in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.”