Palestine support marches across the world.
Palestine support marches across the world.
Middle Eastern Affairs

World-wide Pro-Palestine rallies over the weekend

The Free Palestine Movement had a huge attendance across the globe this past weekend

Melbourne, Australia, witnessed a powerful demonstration of solidarity as around 20,000 people took part in a pro-Palestinian rally on Sunday. This event, according to police officials, saw an impressive turnout, showing the support for the Palestinian cause among Australians.

Senior Constable Adam West reported that the rally was a peaceful gathering, marked by its lack of issues or arrests, highlighting the organisers’ commitment to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere throughout the event.

The pro-Palestine movement didn’t stop in Melbourne; it reverberated across various Australian cities. Adelaide kicked off the weekend with its own pro-Palestine rally on Friday night, demonstrating the widespread support for the Palestinian people. Sydney and Brisbane also joined in on Saturday, underlining the national reach of the movement. Additionally, protests were held in Perth and Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, further amplifying the call for justice and peace in the Middle East.

This show of solidarity down under comes on the heels of a worldwide wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Just a day earlier, thousands of protesters converged on Washington, DC, and major cities across Europe, demanding a ceasefire in the ongoing hostilities facing Palestine.

In Washington, DC, pro-Palestinian supporters gathered in Freedom Plaza on Saturday, passionately advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to U.S. aid to those opposing Palestine. Criticisms were also directed at U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration for its handling of the crisis in Gaza. Speakers at the event warned that they would not support the president in the 2024 elections if he failed to call for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict.

Europeans also added their voices to the global chorus of support for Palestine. Pro-Palestine demonstrations were held in cities like Paris, Berlin, and London, as well as several British cities, including Manchester, Oxford, Newcastle, and Liverpool.

The London demonstration was the third consecutive pro-Palestinian rally in the city, with each rally attracting thousands of participants. In fact, the Metropolitan Police estimated that the first solidarity march drew a staggering 100,000 attendees, illustrating the immense and growing support for the Palestinian cause on the international stage.

These demonstrations are part of a global movement that seeks to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict and advocate for a peaceful resolution. The show of solidarity from Melbourne to Washington, DC, and across Europe underscores the fact that the issue is not confined to the Middle East; it has captured the hearts and minds of people worldwide. As the world continues to grapple with this complex and deeply rooted conflict, these rallies remind us of the importance of peaceful protests and collective voices standing up for what they believe in.

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Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland University of Technology.

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