Protests erupt across the UK; BBC offices picketed in Manchester

Protest outside the Manchester offices of the BBC (Photo: Jairo Lugo)

UPDATE: a standoff outside the BBC offices below:

Media scholar Jairo Lugo is in Manchester reporting for PULSE from a demo in front of the BBC offices. According to police estimates there are a thousand people gathered outside. Many are carrying Turkish and Palestinian flags and placards bearing messages of solidarity with the activist on the Freedom Flotilla. They are calling on the BBC to stop the whitewash and report accurately on the massacre.

According to the Police similar protests are taking place in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Glasgow among other places in the UK.

Activists are confronting the police at the front doors of the BBC. Anger and disgust all around. BBC is serving as an Israeli propagand organ. Jairo Lugo reports:

BBC’s website now carries a report on the protest.

Also, see this powerful shot of a protest in Istanbul’s Taksim Square below:

Demonstrators hold a large Palestinian flag during a protest against Israel at Taksim square in Istanbul May 31, 2010.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

8 thoughts on “Protests erupt across the UK; BBC offices picketed in Manchester”

  1. I protested outside Downing Street, we blocked the road in Whitehall and marched to the israeli Embassy. Defiant, angry and loud…. Damn good demo. I hope there will be a protest outside the BBC in London as the reporting was appalling and unbelievably biased!

  2. Can Pulse please provide (or lead me to) a chronology of events?
    I am numb with nausea, nothing makes sense. I just want to know what happened hour by hour. Why did IDF soldiers enter the ship in the first place? Are they allowed to do so under interntional law since they ship was in interntional waters?
    What happened from there before the murders?

  3. The BBC’S international coverage of the Israeli assault on the civilian population of Gaza, last year, was done on the Israeli side of the border. That is to say, the BBC journalists were being provided with the Israeli propaganda line which they, in turn, relayed to the viewers. They had no interest, whatever, in providing balanced coverage of what was happening. Not one journalist was present on the Palestinian side to see, first-hand, what was happening there. It makes one wonder whether the BBC is under the management of Jews. Is it in fact?

    1. To be fair no journalists were allowed by Israeel into Gaza while the invasion was happening, precisely because Israel did not want anyone reporting from there.

  4. What’x even more sickening is by paying for our TV license we should be permitted to an impartial report of the news after all the BBC is funded by us!!…I think that money is a complete waste…even with all that’s happened we’re still hearing “Until the facts are clear” or “until we have all facts” 19 people were killed what more do they need??

  5. We protested today in Glasgow in Solidarity with Palestine and those activists who died at the hand of the Israelis. Protests also took place in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness and even in tiny Banff. There will be a larger national protest in Edinburgh on Saturday which we ask all people in Scotland to attend.

    Also agree with the comments above the BBC coverage has been a disgrace with this mornings Radio 4 news bulletin sounding like it was written by the IDF. The BBC need to ask themselves if coverage of the Flotilla over the last week may have saved lives.

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