Paris: new rally against the war in Gaza, demonstrators enter Saint-Lazare station

Paris: new rally against the war in Gaza, demonstrators enter Saint-Lazare station
Paris: new rally against the war in Gaza, demonstrators enter Saint-Lazare station

At least a thousand people gathered Wednesday evening in the center of Paris to protest against Israeli bombings on the Gaza Strip, for the third consecutive evening, AFP noted.

The demonstrators, mostly young people, brandished Palestinian flags and chanted: “Long live the struggle of the Palestinian people”, “this is not a war, it is a genocide”, and “Israel is murdering the children of Palestine”. .

“People have passed a stage of anger because we have passed a stage of horror” with the attack on the Rafah refugee camp, which left dozens dead on Sunday in the south of the Strip. Gaza, Kenan, a 26-year-old Palestinian who did not give his last name, told AFP. “People are revolted,” he added, while the war has been raging in the Palestinian territory for more than 7 months now.

Samia, 33, came to demonstrate for the first time. “This is really too much, we are witnessing a genocide,” she declared. “What happened on October 7 is horrible, but since October 7 there have been Palestinian deaths every day,” she added.

Demonstrators in Saint-Lazare station

According to images published on social networks, a group of demonstrators temporarily entered the hall of Saint-Lazare station in the evening. The police intervened to disperse them.

Shortly before midnight, demonstrators were still playing cat and mouse with the police in the streets of Paris. While the bulk of the mobilization had passed, demonstrators notably attempted to create spontaneous processions near the National Assembly according to reporter Luc Auffret.

Other rallies took place in other cities such as Lille (north), where some 300 people denounced the Israeli bombings on Rafah, AFP noted.

“Israel is committing a new stage in its massacre of the Palestinian people, after having bombed civilians, entire cities, sent the army on civilians, after having fired on humanitarian convoys, now they are bombing refugee camps,” denounced Jules Chabert, 18 years old, student and member of the Young Communist Movement.

In Marseille (south-east) as in Lyon (east), Montpellier or Grenoble, the mayors decided to turn off the lights in their town hall from 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening, “in memory of the civilian victims of Gaza”.

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