Thousands join protests against war in Lebanon

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21 July 2006, MADRID — Thousands of people demonstrated in Madrid and Barcelona, against Israel's military campaigns in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, it was reported Friday.

21 July 2006

MADRID — Thousands of people demonstrated in Madrid and Barcelona, against Israel's military campaigns in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, it was reported Friday.

The Madrid march, which drew between 15,000 and 20,000 and was called by the governing socialists, the leftist IU coalition, major trade unions and other organisations.

Under the slogan "Against the war and the occupation. Peace in the Middle East,", demonstrators walked through the cities and  ended with a series of speeches.

The socialists secretary for social movements, Pedro Zerolo, recalled that the conflict in Iraq was justified as being necessary to bring democracy and peace to the region, but three years later "peace has not spread, but rather war, and the democratic results (of elections) have not been respected in some countries".

Zerolo almost condemned the Hezbollah, militant Muslim militia organisation.

IU leader Gaspar Llamazares said that the military campaign was "a new attempt to reshape the Middle East in accord with the imperial interests of the United States and Israel.

Among the demonstrators were some of the Spaniards who fled Lebanon in recent days, as well as personalities from the world of entertainment.

In Barcelona, some 3,500 people, according to organisers, gathered to protest the Israeli military offensives.

The rallies came as a political row blew up over Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's remarks condemning Israel.

An Israeli businessman condemned the prime minister as 'anti-Semitic' – a charge refuted by the government.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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