Members of France's largest trade union, the left wing Confederation Generale de Travail (CGT) demonstrated in Paris on August 5 outside the Israeli embassy.
GV Israeli embassy - police vehicles outside; flag (2 shots)
SV Police with rifles
SV AND CUs White banner laid on roadway with painted bloodstain and slogan 'Halt aux Massacres' (3 shots)
SV Demonstrators with placards, some anti-America
GV Demonstrators standing around and chanting (3 shots)
CU Collection boxes (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators marching, chanting and with anti-Israeli banners(3 shots)
GV Crowd chanting "Israel, non"; police in foreground
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Background: Members of France's largest trade union, the left wing Confederation Generale de Travail (CGT) demonstrated in Paris on August 5 outside the Israeli embassy. They were denouncing what they called the criminal pounding the Israelis were inflicting on the Palestinian people. A centrepiece of their visual protests was a white sheet, smeared with a painted bloodstain, and proclaiming: "Halt the Massacres". Their banners condemned both the Israelis and the, United states for what is happening in Lebanon. An hour later, in front of the United States embassy in Paris,there was a demonstration organised by a number of Franco-Palestinian, and Franco-Arab Organisations. These protests came the day after the government of President Francois Mitterrand strongly protested to Israel over the bombardment of the French ambassador's residence in West Beirut of August 4. A spokesman for the French Ministry of External Relations said the residence had been the target of a 'veritable deluge of shell's which caused considerable damage, but no casualties. The spokesman added the Israelis had responded to the French protest by ordering a halt to shelling attacks on the residence compound.