More than 20,000 attend pro-Palestinian rally in Brussels

AFP , Saturday 11 Nov 2023

More than 20,000 people marched through Brussels on Saturday in a show of support for Palestinians, with many calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, which Israel is heavily bombarding.

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Protesters walk behind a giant palestinian flag as they take part in a demonstration in support of Palestinians and to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza at Place de la Republique in Brussels, on November 11, 2023. AFP

 

Many of the protesters yelled "free Palestine" and "stop the genocide" as they participated in the peaceful demonstration that took place on Armistice Day, a public holiday in Belgium and other countries to mark the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

Some also cried out "EU, shame on you" for bias towards Israel at the expense of Palestinian lives and rights.

Brussels police, which put the turnout at 21,000, watched over the march and closed traffic on several roads as it wended through the city for two hours.

"We are here today to ask the world for a ceasefire in Palestine," one of the demonstrators, Rima Fayad, a 31-year-old orthodontist, told AFP.

Another, a 26-year-old supermarket employee who gave her first name as Kim, said "the protest is about Israel which is just committing a genocide while the world is watching and we're calling to stop the genocide".

Several previous pro-Palestinian demonstrations have taken place in Brussels this month, since Israel launched its relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip which has so far killed more than 11,000 people, many of them women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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