Creating people's geographies
It was good to see so many people at yesterday’s Sydney peace rally:15000+ !
Running a bit late we scrambled towards Town Hall with many others headed towards it as the march was starting to move. Along the way I saw scores of families and a great cross-section of people.
There was a sea of Australian, Lebanese and Palestinian flags. The march itself was orderly, peaceful, multi-religious and included a broad cross-section of the activist, peace group, trade union, environmentalist, Palestinian and Lebanese communites.
I marched with a mother and daughter who were Druze and we all agreed it was great to see such a broad-section and much support from fellow Australians — thank you.
Additionally, what impressed me personally aside from the speakers was a remark I overheard between a father and daughter standing next to me in Martin Place during speeches there.
There had been three consecutive speakers concentrating on Lebanon. I heard the teenage daughter remark to her father, “They’re talking about Lebanon. What about the Palestinians?”
Thinking they had a Palestinian background, I interjected to voice my solidarity to them.
It turned out they also had a (Christian) Lebanese background. Good to see … (unlike a naysayer or two among relatives only concerned with this front)
It is clear our alternative media becomes even more important, coming after the attack on TV stations LBC and Future TV.
(As you may know, LBC and Future TV had nothing to do with Hezbollah and in fact were often critical of them. So they (IDF) are that desperate to stop images of their ferocious attacks beaming out that they’ll destroy the infrastructure for it … gives new meaning to ‘information wars’ doesn’t it?)