South Africa: Cape Town Protesters Show Solidarity With Palestine

Thousands of people marched in Cape Town in solidarity with Palestinians.
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The protest came after Israel's air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which have killed at least 56 people since the violence escalated on Monday.

With Palestinian flags aloft and fists raised, about 1,000 protesters chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and "Free, free Palestine" marched through Cape Town's city centre to Parliament on Wednesday morning, in a show of solidarity with Palestine.

Placards bobbed above the sea of faces: "Hands off Al-Aqsa Mosque!", "End the occupation", and "Free Gaza, free Palestine!". Some protesters wore T-shirts with slogans: "South Africa will never be free until Palestine is free" and "Hands off Jerusalem".

Part of the about 1,000 people who marched to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 in a show of solidarity with Palestine. (Photo: Victoria O'Regan)

The protest came after Israel's air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which have killed at least 56 people since the violence escalated on Monday.

The Israeli raids follow weeks of mounting tension over plans for the forced evictions of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. The violence intensified when Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday -- firing rubber bullets, tear gas and wounding...

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