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SALFORD ACTIVISTS JOIN PROTEST AGAINST UEFA UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

Star date: 20th May 2013

ADIDAS, McDONALD'S, M &S AND URBIS TARGETED FOR PROTESTS

Campaigners against Israel targeted high street stores that are sponsoring this summer's UEFA Under-21 Football Championship, before protesting outside the National Football Museum at Urbis last weekend.

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Adidas Store Targeted McDonald's Targeted
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Salford activists joined anti-Israel campaigners at the weekend, protesting outside the high street stores sponsoring the UEFA Under-21 Football Championships, which take place in Israel between 5th and 18th June this year. Stores including Adidas, McDonald's and Marks and Spencers were targeted, before campaigners moved on to stage a further demo outside the National Football Museum at Urbis.

The campaign against the Championships intends to highlight the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, that has seen the latter's international player Mahmood Sarsak incarcerated in Israel from 2009 for three years without trial. Palestinian Olympic goalkeeper, Omar Abu Rouis and the Ramallah FC player, Mohammed Namer remain in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, in November 2012 Israel attacked Gaza, killing over 140 Palestinians, including teenagers who were playing football. Sports facilities were also destroyed. It's against this background that protesters, including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, believe the prestigious Championships should not have been held in Israel.

"Israel's human right's record is disgusting and UEFA should accordingly expel that racist state" said Aslan AK of Salford band Class Actions, who attended the demo "Football should be about equality and diversity, not giving a platform to apartheid."

Louis Brehony, co-organiser of the event added: 'We organised today's protest to oppose UEFA's decision to hold this year's Under-21 football championships in the apartheid state of Israel. How can a state which denies basic human rights to the Palestinian people - from water and aid to medical care, and which is colonising the West Bank and blockading the Gaza strip - be allowed to host an international sporting event?"

Organisers promise more protests in the near future…

Miriam wrote
at 20:27:47 on 24 May 2013
Pathetic one sided attempt at journalism SS your standards are dropping many more reports like this one get through and you will be viewed less as a community magazine and more of a one sided propaganda piece for loony left protest groups. Remember journalism needs to be balanced. to maintain any credibility you should have instilled this into the raw student who penned this attempt.
 
Mustaha Ahmed wrote
at 20:01:12 on 20 May 2013
Israel defend their land against TERRORIST SCUM yes the same type of bastard which put a bomb in Manchester city centre. Nobody can negotiate with terrorists because of the future implications, follow the lead of the Manchester bombers lay down your arms Palestinians and then we will talk. Until then your are top of the target list for every western government who has to deal with Islamic right wingers like yourselves. P.s you give Islam a bad name.
 
Adam S wrote
at 18:44:59 on 20 May 2013
Ironic that Fight Racism is protesting against a set group of people. Sadly, there's no right answer here, with rockets and weapons being fired into both sides by both sides. Too bad sport has to get involved.
 
Bob Shepherd wrote
at 16:27:51 on 20 May 2013
Great report just to add that the demo was organised in Manchester by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! www.frfi.co.uk and that there is a major demonstration planned in London on Friday 24 May when the UEFA Congress will be meeting.
 
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