in Oxford Street, London 6 May 2004 – weekly picket 6-8pm all welcome
The history of Britain's biggest clothing retailer Marks and Spencer demonstrates how consumer habits in Britain are tied to the oppression of other peoples. Marks and Spencer has championed the state of Israel and thus connived in the dispossession and suppression of the Palestinians. Our comforts and pleasures, which Marks and Spencer so eagerly service, have been bought at an unacceptable price.
That is why we continue to picket Marks and Spencer as part of the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign and the weekly picketers were out in force again tonight. The police have increased their intimidatory tactics over the last four to six weeks but we have stood our ground, defended our right to protest and continued to be vocal about our support for the Intifada and defending the Palestinian struggle. We will not be silenced. We will not stand by as the State of Israel continues its barbarism against the Palestinian people and while the British state – the Labour government – continues to arm and fund the Zionist settler state.
The occupation of Iraq by imperialist troops and the occupation of Palestine by Israel supported by the imperialists is coming up against resistance. It is our duty to defend the resistance both in Palestine and Iraq and demand the end to the occupation. Peace and justice in the Middle East cannot be achieved while there is no justice for Palestinians.
So join our weekly picket – come and speak, chant, sing, discuss, petition – be part of telling the passing public the truth about the situation in Palestine and help them to understand the urgency of the situation.
Boycott Marks and Spencer – shop with a conscience! Victory to the Intifada!
See you next week.