Saada Mohamed, Leicester Socialist Party

There was a huge turnout from within Leicester and the wider Leicestershire area to the Palestine march from Victoria Park to Leicester city centre on 21 April.

Socialist Party members distributed leaflets explaining the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election stand, voicing our opposition to both the Tories and Labour, which was met with support. We were also able to advertise our upcoming public meeting. We had many conversations with people voicing their disappointment with politicians and the establishment and were able to give our working-class perspective on this issue. One person donated a £20 note after hearing what we had to say.

After the march, there were talks held about Palestine with many different speakers, including MP for Leicester East Claudia Webbe speaking on the injustice we have witnessed in the past six months. The estimates for the march put around 1,500 people in attendance which shows how important this issue is to people. The streets of Leicester being completely stopped further showed how this issue cannot and will not be ignored.

Socialist Party members set up an hour before the protest, with two campaign stalls on both sides of the entrance to the park. This meant we were in a good position to speak to as many people as possible!