Thousands of people took to the streets of UK to protest against BBC’s coverage of Israeli military operation against the Palestinian refugee population in the Gaza strip and called for fair, unbiased and contextual reporting of the events on the ground.
Among the slogans the protesters were shouting (check out the second video underneath): “One, Two, Three, Four. All the nation we call up for. Five, Six, Seven, Eight. Israel is a terrorist state.”
London, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle saw marches to “protest at the BBC’s biased reporting” as well as to gather signatures for an open letter to the BBC Director General. London took the main stage of the protest movement, RT reported.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign against Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and many other organizations, in the letter to the publicly funded broadcaster, said that the company was “duty-bound to provide balanced reporting without bias”.
“BBC’s reporting of Israel’s assault on Palestinians in the operation Protective Edge, fails to mention the years of occupation, deportations and siege Palestinians have lived through. BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background,” organizers of the protest said.
The main protest point of a nationwide rally gathered huge crowds outside the BBC Broadcasting House in London.
Booing and demands for better coverage are just among some of the chants heard in the rallies across the UK, that reminded the BBC that “resistance to occupation is a right under international law”.
In Liverpool, hundreds gathered outside the BBC Radio Merseyside to rally against Israeli attacks on Gaza and against biased reporting of the current situation. Organized by Liverpool Friends of Palestine and supported by Merseyside Stop the War Coalition, the event also became a venue to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and to call for peace and a ceasefire.