Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

The marchers move away and try to find another route. London. 17th January 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Solidarity with Gaza Protest Israeli Embassy. London. 17th January 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-01-17 00:00:00

As the assault by Israel on the civilian population of Gaza continues, thousands gather in Trafalgar Square to continue their protests against the assault.

They listen to speeches given by supporters and then attempt to make their way to the Israeli embassy.

A large police operation unfolds blocking all Eastern, Western and Southern exits from the Square but a large body of marchers swells and they successfully make it out of the Square and walk through the streets largely un-policed.

The group make it to Shaftesbury Avenue where they are kettled into three groups.

The kettled marchers are held for several hours. Despite this, and despite a large police operation, the protest at the Israeli embassy continues.

London. 17th January 2009.

The protest assembles and is well attended by Muslims, Christians, Jews and other denominations.

The protest assembles and is well attended by Muslims, Christians, Jews and other denominations.

A man stands with a placard calling attention to the effects of Capitalism.

A man stands with a placard calling attention to the effects of Capitalism.

A woman holds a placard and a small doll asking for what crime were the 400 Palestinian children killed during the Israeli assault. London, UK.

A woman holds a placard and a small doll asking for what crime were the 400 Palestinian children killed during the Israeli assault. London, UK.

The Israeli flag is burned under Nelsons Column.

The Israeli flag is burned under Nelsons Column.

As the marchers attempt to leave the Square they find all exits blocked except the Northern exit. They assemble there and are met with police officers who attempt to stop them moving away.

As the marchers attempt to leave the Square they find all exits blocked except the Northern exit. They assemble there and are met with police officers who attempt to stop them moving away.

They successfully make it out of the Square and walk through the streets on the way to the embassy.

They successfully make it out of the Square and walk through the streets on the way to the embassy.

A Starbucks coffee chain outlet is damaged as the marchers move past.

A Starbucks coffee chain outlet is damaged as the marchers move past.

The protest continues at the embassy.

The protest continues at the embassy.