December 9, 2023

Tens of hundreds of individuals took to the streets of Cape City on Saturday to name for a ceasefire for Gaza, within the newest present of solidarity between Palestinians and South Africans.

South Africa has seen quite a few marches in help of the Palestinian folks since 7 October [Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty-archive]

An enormous protest happened within the South African metropolis of Cape City on Saturday, in a present of solidarity with Palestine because the dying toll for Israel’s warfare on Gaza climbed above 11,000.

Native media reported an attendance of “tens of hundreds” at Saturday’s protest. Nevertheless, crowd sizes at pro-Palestine demonstrations worldwide are sometimes performed down by media and authorities, and a few estimated as many as 250,000 had taken to Cape City’s streets.

Movies purportedly taken on the demonstration confirmed crowds stretching so far as the attention may see.

The demonstration got here on the identical day as a whole lot of hundreds of folks marched by way of central London to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, the place some 11,100 folks have been killed by Israel’s air and floor onslaught since 7 October.

Proper-wing politicians and organisations within the UK had claimed that holding the pro-Palestine march on Remembrance Day – marked to commemorate the lack of troopers in the course of the First World Struggle – would “trigger offence”. UK Residence Secretary Suella Braverman had earlier branded the protests calling for an finish to Israel’s warfare on Gaza as “hate marches”.

As a Commonwealth state, South Africa additionally observes Remembrance Day on 11 November, although it’s not a public vacation there.

A day earlier, South Africa had known as within the ambassador of Israel to debate his current “unlucky conduct referring to the unfolding, tragic Israel-Palestine warfare”, the nation’s international ministry mentioned in a statement

South Africa mentioned earlier this week that it will recall its diplomats from Israel.

Black South African leaders and activists in South Africa’s civil rights motion have lengthy drawn parallels between their experiences beneath apartheid and the situations of Palestinians right this moment.

After changing into president of post-apartheid South African, Nelson Mandela mentioned: “We all know too effectively that our freedom is incomplete with out the liberty of the Palestinians.”

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