Tesco boycott demo over Gaza
Reporter: ALEX CAREY
Date online: 04 August 2014
THE Clarksfield community turned out in force this weekend to urge people to boycott Tesco because it stocks Israeli goods.
More than 40 people protested outside Tesco Express on Lees Road — holding banners saying “boycott Tesco” and “free Gaza” as well as waving Palestine flags.
The peaceful, yet powerful, protest ran from 1 to 5pm on both Saturday and yesterday and continued to grow in numbers throughout.
People involved in the demonstration said this was not a political statement but a promotion of human rights — stating that they have grown concerned that Israeli products purchased by the supermarket could help fund weapons to attack Palestine.
Sonny Arstan, a Clarksfield resident said: “This is part of a national protest but we are showing that our community cares about what is happening in Gaza.
“By selling their produce Tesco is helping Israel fund the production of weapons and innocent people are being killed everyday. This has to stop.
“The protest today is to show people that they can make a difference. We’re not here to cause trouble; we just want to alert people to what is going on.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “Like all major UK retailers, we sell some products that are sourced from Israel. We do this in line with the Government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin, so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.”
A number of residents expressed their concerns about the protest, stating that the mass presence was intimidating.
Rita Taylor said: “I feel for the elderly who rely on this shop and are being intimidated. This can’t carry on.”
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