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Protesters in main US cities decry airstrikes over Gaza, increase ‘free Palestine’ slogans-World News , Firstpost

The marches coincided with Nakba Day, which commemorates the 1948 displacement of a whole lot of hundreds of Palestinians amid Israel’s declaration of independence

A demonstrator waves the flag of Palestine as law enforcement officials stand guard in Los Angeles. AP

Los Angeles: Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and different U.S. cities on Saturday to demand an finish to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip.

Thousands of individuals shut down visitors on a significant thoroughfare in west Los Angeles as they marched two miles from outdoors the federal constructing to the Israeli consulate. The protesters waved indicators that stated “free Palestine” and shouted “long live intifada,” or rebellion.

A protest that began in a neighborhood within the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, which has a big Arabic-speaking neighborhood, continued by way of the streets for a number of hours on Saturday afternoon. Footage on social media confirmed folks had climbed up the poles of road lights to wave flags whereas others set off fireworks. As the solar set, some protesters walked onto the Interstate 278 shutting down visitors in at the least on path, in accordance with video posted on-line.

Bella Hadid, a well known Palestinian-American mannequin, participated within the Brooklyn protest.

The marches coincided with Nakba Day, which commemorates the 1948 displacement of a whole lot of hundreds of Palestinians amid Israel’s declaration of independence.

In Atlanta, a whole lot of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, together with grandparents, youngsters and moms and dads with kids in tow, assembled downtown to wave indicators and chant slogans, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

One signal learn, “We can’t breathe since 1948” — a nod to the racial injustice and police brutality protests within the U.S. through the previous 12 months within the wake of George Floyd’s dying in police custody after he couldn’t breathe, the newspaper reported.

In San Francisco, a raucous crowd banged drums and yelled “Palestine will be free” as they marched throughout the Mission district to Dolores Park.

An identical scene performed out in Boston as protesters walked a brief distance from Copley Square to the Israeli Consulate for New England, blocking visitors.

Footage on social media reveals protesters unfurl a banner within the colours of the Palestinian flag with the phrases “Free Palestine” whereas standing on prime of the awning of the constructing the place the consulate is positioned.

In Washington, hundreds of protesters streamed from the Washington Monument and to the National Archives. In Philadelphia, demonstrators stuffed Rittenhouse Square to decry U.S. assist for Israel.

At a protest in Pittsburgh, one speaker referred to as on lawmakers to place restrictions on how Israel can spend assist from the United States.

The protests have been stoked by 5 days of mayhem that left at the least 145 Palestinians useless in Gaza and eight useless on the Israeli aspect. The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, got here after weeks of mounting tensions and heavy-handed Israeli measures in contested Jerusalem.

Israel stepped up its assault and slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes Saturday, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the house of a senior Hamas chief, killing a household of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a constructing that home the workplaces of The Associated Press and different media.

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