Among the trivialities for which picketers have been threatened with arrest over the last two weeks have been: use of a megaphone, holding a Palestinian flag, 'smirking', being visibly angered by Zionist provocations, holding a camera, 'racism'(!), and stepping outside of 'designated areas'. In the meantime the fascist 'counter-demonstration' is given full reign to shout explicitly racist abuse, hurl open threats, take pictures of us, use their own megaphone, blow whistles in our ears, and set up stalls in illegal areas- all tactics which are shown a blind eye by the police. The racists, and here I mean the Zionists and the police, want to provoke picketers into the type of reaction, however small, that will give a pretext to arrests and ultimately the closure of the picket. The collective discipline and resolve of the picket, however, has prevented this from happening.
To defeat the threats that we face, that are as much a threat to any 'left' or progressive movement in this country, we need to build and maintain a high turnout every single week.
SUPPORT THE PICKET OF MARKS AND SPENCER!
DEFEND THE DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO PROTEST!
Picket M&S in Manchester, Market Street every Saturday 12 o'clock till 3.
28TH SEPTEMBER, 4 YEARS OF THE INTIFADA!
PICKET M&S 5-6pm THEN MEETING/VIDEO SCREENING AT FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE ON MOUNT STREET AT 7pm