In stark contrast to rightwing claims, 93% of demonstrations have involved no serious harm to people or property
On Friday afternoon, as Israeli soldiers from the other side of the fence were firing tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, Yaser Abu al-Naja and a few friends took cover behind a waste container away from the front lines of a protest in the Gaza Strip.
As Yaser briefly peeked out from behind the bin, an explosive bullet hit him in the head. His skull was shattered, resulting a bloody pulp in one side, eye-witnesses said.
Yaser was 11 years old.
His killing on Friday made him the 16th Palestinian child to be shot dead by Israeli forces since the launch on March 30 of the Great March of Return protests calling for the right of refugees and their descendants to return to the homes and lands from which they were violently expelled from in 1948.
A few hours later, at sundown, Yaser’s mother Samah Abu al-Naja was browsing through Facebook on her mobile phone when she came upon a photo of an “unidentified boy” with his head blurred and bloodied clothes.
“His face was not showing, but I recognised him as my son from the clothes he was wearing,” the 30-year-old told Al Jazeera from her home east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.
“My neighbour and one of my daughters were sitting with me,” she added. “I turned to them with the phone in my hand and said: ‘This is my son.'”
For Samah, the horror of certainty instantly gave way to a sense of shock. As the young mother headed to the European Hospital, where Yaser’s body was held, she struggled to wrap her mind around the fact that her first-born child had been shot dead.
“I never expected my son to be killed,” she wept. “I knew he went every Friday to attend the protests, but he was driven by curiosity and went mostly to watch other protesters with his group of his friends.”
When we vote do we really know or understand what we are doing? If the answer is no, where can we receive information from, certainly not from politicans who in the main lie when they open their mouths. What about businesses, or should I say large corporations and multinatonals,who are only concerned about how much they can earn for their directors. What about financiers and bankers, well can we trust them for did they know what they were doing in 2008.
The young Anti-Brexiter protesters, how many of them actually voted.
We complain about the vote not being democractic, but it was between yes or no and every vote counted, unlike in our General Elections.
In a democtracy we should all accept the result or do we wish to be in a dictatorship.
The die is now cast, no matter if the right result was obtained, for in a yes/no contest either way some people will not like the result, so does that mean we should forever be voting on the same subject.
Something struck me as odd about the crowds in London’s Trafalgar Square protesting in the midsummer drizzle against the result of last week’s (23 June 2016) EU referendum. And it wasn’t just that so many young people seemed so fired up about an issue that many of them couldn’t be bothered to vote on a week earlier. What struck me was the love.
Hearts everywhere. Painted on umbrellas, crayoned on cheeks, daubed on cardboard – damp banners bursting with love for the EU. The crowds chanted “EU, we love you” and waved flags with the stars of the EU rearranged into spangled heart shapes. One girl held a placard saying ‘Hug a European’ and did good business. Another had ‘I ♥ EU’ lipsticked on to her bosom.
It wasn’t your everyday show of political support – it was an outpouring of emotion…
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