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Hundreds of Thousands March Worldwide in Support of Palestinians amid Israeli Offensive on Gaza

Hundreds of Thousands March Worldwide in Support of Palestinians amid Israeli Offensive on Gaza

Cities across Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and Asia witnessed hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marching in support of the Palestinians amid an escalating Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The series of global protests took place on Saturday, with one of the largest marches seen in the British capital, London. Massive crowds gathered in the city center, calling on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government to advocate for a ceasefire.

Demonstrators protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in London, UK. [Susannah Ireland/Reuters]

People march over the Brooklyn Bridge as pro-Palestinian protesters attend the Flood Brooklyn for Gaza rally, in New York, US. [Caitlin Ochs/Reuters]

Speaking at the London march, protester Camille Revuelta emphasized the need for a ceasefire and the protection of Palestinian lives. “The superpowers at play are not doing enough at the moment. This is why we’re here: we’re calling for a ceasefire, calling for Palestinian rights, the right to exist, to live, human rights, all our rights,” Revuelta said, adding, “This is not about Hamas. This is about protecting Palestinian lives.”

Despite the call for a ceasefire, the UK government has refrained from such demands. Instead, echoing the stance of Washington, Sunak’s administration has advocated for humanitarian pauses to facilitate the delivery of aid to the people in Gaza. The UK has also expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself in light of the October 7 attack by Hamas, which claimed the lives of over 1,400 people, mostly civilians.

Malaysians protest outside the US embassy in support of Palestinians in Gaza, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Hasnoor Hussain/Reuters]

Participants walk during a demonstration in solidarity with people in Gaza, in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany. [Clemens Bilan/EPA]

People hold signs as they gather in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, Michigan state of the US to call for a ceasefire and voice their support for Gaza. [Jeff Kowalsky/AFP]

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the death toll in Gaza has surpassed 7,700, predominantly civilians, following three weeks of Israeli bombardment.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a sizable crowd of protesters gathered outside the US embassy, chanting slogans. Meanwhile, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, an estimated 100,000 people rallied in solidarity with Palestine.

People wave Turkish and Palestinian flags as the Turkish president speaks during a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, in Istanbul. [Handout/Turkish Presidency Press office via AFP]

Thousands gathered at a rally in San Francisco, California to protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza and call the US to stop aiding Israel. [Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu]

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators march during a rally in Toronto, Canada. [Mert Alper Dervıs/Anadolu]

Addressing a massive crowd in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his support for the Palestinian cause, describing Israel as an occupier and Hamas as not being a “terrorist” organization, referring to them as “freedom fighters”. This statement had earlier drawn sharp criticism from Israel.

In the occupied West Bank, Palestinian protesters in Hebron called for a global boycott of Israeli products. The chant “Don’t contribute to the killing of the children of Palestine,” resonated through the crowd.

Protests also took place in cities such as Copenhagen, Rome, and Stockholm.

The Church of Norway and several organisations held a rally in front of the Norwegian Parliament, demanding an immediate stop to the killing of civilians in Gaza, in Oslo, Norway. [Frederik/NTB Ringnes via Reuters]

People take part in a rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza, in Stockholm, Sweden. [Caisa Rasmussen/TT News Agency via Reuters]

Indian Union Muslim League, a regional party in India’s Kerala state, organised a massive rally in Kozhikode (Calicut) city. Tens of thousands of people joined the rally with the message: ‘Save Palestine, save Humanity; end Israel’s attack on Gaza; free Palestine’. [Handout via Al Jazeera]

Despite the prohibition of rallies in some French cities due to concerns of escalating social tensions, a small rally took place in Paris, with several hundred others marching in the southern city of Marseille.

In Wellington, New Zealand, thousands marched to Parliament House, holding Palestinian flags and placards reading “Free Palestine.”

London police reported that Saturday’s march was largely peaceful, although nine arrests were made – two for assaults on officers and seven for public order offenses, some of which are being treated as hate crimes. The police estimated the turnout to be between 50,000 and 70,000 people.

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