On Friday 9th January there was a rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza outside Birmingham Council House in Victoria Square.
A group of between 50 and 60 protesters broke off at the end of the rally and headed towards New Street. They marched chanting 'Free Gaza' down New Street and then turned off up Bennett's Hill where the cops tried to head them off at Temple Row West by St. Philips Cathedral. A further group of police came from behind and surrounded the protesters from all sides in what's known as a 'kettle' .They held them for around 10 minutes and then released them in groups of about 5-10. The demonstrators regrouped still chanting and headed towards the bottom of New Street and continued their protest up the High Street and onto Bull Street. Around a dozen police headed them off and the march broke up into smaller groups and then dissipated into the cold night air. A Birmingham citizen asked me what was going on and I explained it was the remnants of a larger Gaza solidarity demo. He then said, 'It can't be much harm then, the police don't look too bothered'.
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