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Gaza protest in Sheffield pauses to applaud bride through to Town Hall

A Gaza protest in Sheffield was stopped to allow a bride through to her wedding in the Town Hall

A Gaza protest in Sheffield was stopped to allow a bride through to her wedding in the Town Hall

 

Hundreds of demonstrators in Sheffield campaigning in support of Gaza put their placards down to applaud a bride through to the Town Hall.

Weekly protests have been taking place in the city each Saturday since Israel began a bombing campaign against Gaza which it says is aimed at stopping rocket attacks by Palestinian movement Hamas.

Yesterday’s most recent demonstration took place outside the Town Hall - and coincided with a wedding happening at the venue.

As the bride arrived, the 200 protesters stopped their demonstration to let the bride past and applauded her on her way into the Town Hall.

The moment was caught on camera by former Liberal Democrat councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, who was at the protest with his daughter.

He said the protest was stopped midway through a speech to allow the bride through.

“People started shouting ‘hip, hip, hooray’ and cheering and clapping,” he said.

“The poor girl didn’t know what was happening. Her dad was loving it. We cheered her all the way in and she turned around and waved at us.”

Mr Mohammed put one of the pictures and Twitter and it ended up being shared around the world.

He said he had been contacted from people from as far away as New Zealand about the picture.

“Lots of people have been in touch saying they are really proud of their home city and it is typical Sheffield,” he said.

*Are you the couple who got married in the Town Hall yesterday? We would love to speak to you so please get in touch with The Star by emailing news@thestar.co.uk

 

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