Students walk out, MPs lobbied and protests against war on Gaza

Students walk out over Gaza

London – best place to be is on streets

by Rose Kwiecinska

It didn’t seem to be a big demonstration at the beginning. But it became larger. On Thursday 7 December, students that had walked out gathered outside Downing Street.

Gaza: London Student walkout
London student walkout for Gaza

More and more people started joining, and not only young students appeared. Even when events are not highly publicised by the media, people can mobilise together for a common cause.

Is it really that important to organise, and attend these rallies and marches? No matter how big the protest is, it’s still the expression of our beliefs, and desire for change.

If we want a better future, and a government that doesn’t support terror and the interests of capitalists, we should educate ourselves. And there is no better place to do that than a street full of people with shared values.

Monoux College – already walking out

by James Ivens

It was kicking-out time, and Socialist Party members were leafleting for the walkout taking place the next day (see above).

Around 200 leaflets disappeared into the hands of students. Two students grabbed some off me to give to their friends around the bus stops.

Small groups stopped and talked to us. Several of them already included students who had heard about the walkout, with some planning to go already.

Three students at the college have given us their details to discuss organising on campus against the war. A couple more bought copies of the Socialist newspaper.

Young people are outraged, and starting to find their voice.

MPs face protests

Enfield – Labour shuts down debate

by John Dolan and Dana Mirov

Supporters of the ‘Enfield Solidarity With Palestine’ WhatsApp group, including Socialist Party members, lobbied the all-members meeting of Enfield North Labour Party on 7 December. A Labour Party member, who is part of the group, had proposed a motion to the meeting, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

The lobby got support from passing motorists who tooted their horns, and even from the neighbouring house, who chanted with us.

We estimate that only 15 or so Labour members actually entered the all-constituency meeting. This is a far cry from the mass membership days under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

The Enfield North all-member meeting that passed a ‘no-confidence’ vote in the right-wing then Labour MP Joan Ryan in 2018 had almost 200 members in attendance.

It was widely assumed that the Palestine motion would be ruled ‘out of order’. This is a top-down diktat from Labour Party HQ, which has ruled out motions on the issue being allowed at any Labour meetings. Apparently Labour Party democracy is: ‘Keir Starmer can make a policy decision, and it’s not allowed to be discussed in the Labour Party’.

Labour members should ignore this ruling and, where motions are proposed, allow discussion, debate and votes to be taken. This hasn’t happened anywhere.

We heard that there was a discussion, where most members spoke in favour of a ceasefire. But no vote was taken.

London — another huge national demo

Mila Hughes

Minutes after the 12 noon start time, Bank station was filled to brim with people. The majority of younger people there had been protesting for weeks on this issue, aware of the blatant hypocrisy from both the Tories and the Labour Party.

This movement’s strength is not going away easily. The Socialist Party’s placards, papers and material were grabbed out of our hands throughout.

We put forward the need to fight for a new mass workers’ party and a socialist intifada. And seven new people came to our open meeting after the protest to discuss how we fight for Palestinian liberation.