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Worldwide rallies mark Nakba Day, call for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally to mark the Nakba anniversary in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on May 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Pro-Palestinian protests have been held around the world to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Nakba Day, with demonstrators calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and urging their governments to cut off relations with the Israeli regime.

In Washington DC, pro-Gaza protesters rallied near the US Capitol as they braved the rain on Saturday.

Chanting "No peace on stolen land" and "End the killings, stop the crime/Israel out of Palestine", they expressed their discontent with the Israeli regime and the US government for prolonging the conflict in Gaza and causing harm to innocent civilians.

“This Congress does not speak for us. This Congress does not represent the will of the people,” executive director of American Muslims for Palestine, Osama Abuirshad, said during the protest, adding, “We’re paying for the bombs. We’re paying for the F-16s and F-35s. And then we do the poor Palestinians a favor and send some food.”

In New York, during the Nakba Day protest in Bay Ridge, the NYPD police conducted forceful arrests.

Footage captured the moment when Pro-Palestine demonstrators were forcefully thrown to the ground, with one individual subjected to repeated punches by the police.

Also, thousands of individuals across various European cities, including London, Berlin, Munich Dublin, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna, rallied on Saturday to commemorate Nakba Day and denounce Israel's war on Gaza.

In Munich, Germany thousands of pro-Palestine demonstrators’ chanted slogans such as “Free Palestine,”  “Free Gaza” and “End the Genocide”, while waving Palestine flags and holding placards and signs of Key, a Palestinian symbol of returning to homes lost in the Nakba in 1948.

Despite government restrictions against Palestine protests, Berlin held the largest pro-Palestine march since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza, with protesters chanting “Gaza will be free” and “Palestine will be free.” Dozens of protesters were arrested by police.

In Vienna, the capital of Austria, thousands of people gathered at the Cultural Square, carrying Palestinian flags and banners with slogans such as "No to Genocide," "Israel is a Terrorist," and "Free Gaza."

Pro-Palestine demonstrators were cautioned against chanting slogans like "Intifada" and "Free Palestine from the river to the sea" during their march.

In Italy, pro-Gaza protests were organized in various cities. Advocates organized a rally titled "Turin for Gaza" in Turin, as a group of protesters fired the flags of the European Union and US-led NATO during the protest.

Also, some of the Fast-food chain restaurants near the march route faced accusations of being "accomplices of Israel" and had paint splashed on their windows.

Pro-Palestine demonstrations were organized by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, as many associations, political party representatives, and hundreds of people participated.

With Palestinian and Irish flags in hand, the demonstrators marched to Kildare Street, demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and calling on their government to sanction Israel for what is happening in Gaza.

Ireland is set to officially recognize the Palestinian State by the end of May, coinciding with the ongoing event.

More than 35,300 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel started the military onslaught in response to a retaliatory operation carried out by the coastal sliver’s resistance movements.

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