Several thousand people demonstrated on Saturday in several cities in France for a “ceasefire” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and against the “massacre” in Gaza, gathering in particular in Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Rennes , Bordeaux and London.
France must demand an immediate ceasefire,” the Parisian demonstration, numbering 16,200 people according to the prefecture, set off from Place de la République. In the procession, many Palestinian flags, and parties and associations classified on the left and the extreme left which gave their support to this march: La France insoumise (LFI), the NPA, the Ecologists, Attac, … etc.
This gathering comes five weeks after the start of the war triggered by the bloody attack launched by Hamas on October 7, 1,200 people were killed in Israel, the majority civilians. 11,078 also died in bombings carried out by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip, mainly civilians too, including 4,506 children, according to figures from both camps.
Scheduled for the same day as the march against anti-Semitism on Sunday, the demonstration was finally brought forward to this Saturday, November 11 afternoon, Armistice Day in France. This did not demotivate several thousand people who marched in Paris to demand a “ceasefire” and an end to the “massacre in Gaza”.
Throughout France, several processions set off, notably in Bordeaux. With in Toulouse more than 2,500 people according to the CGT and 1,200 according to the prefecture while 1,300 people according to the police and several thousand estimates a journalist from Marseillaise. In Lyon, around 1,200 people marched “against the extreme right” at the call of a collective supported in particular by deputies from France Insoumise, who came to express their rejection of “racism and anti-Semitism”.
Several thousand demonstrators stroll through London for a pro-Palestinian march
A huge procession, stretching nearly 4 kilometers, marched through the streets of the English capital to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
The demonstrators set out around noon, shortly after commemorations of the First World War armistice also held this weekend across the country.
Flying Palestinian flags and brandishing signs demanding to “Stop the bombing of Gaza”, the demonstrators shouted “Free Palestine” and “ceasefire now”, five weeks after the deadly attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against Israel, which in response massively bombs the Gaza Strip.
At the beginning of the afternoon, the police claimed to have arrested 82 counter-protesters, nationalists and far-right, “in order to prevent peace from being compromised” while they “attempted to join the march” pro -Palestinian.
Tomorrow, a new rally will take place at 11 a.m. in Paris “against anti-Semitism, racism and the extreme right”, at the call of youth and left-wing organizations. The Paris police headquarters indicated this Saturday evening that the declaration of demonstration having not been transmitted on time, it will only be a simple laying of wreaths. And, at 3 p.m., the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate as well as numerous political groups, including the National Rally, will participate in a major march against anti-Semitism starting from Place de la République.
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