Tens of thousands protest, call for a ceasefire on Gaza

October 24, 2023

Close to 5000 people protested for Gaza on October 21. Activists believe it was the largest ever pro-Palestine rally in the city.

Speakers highlighted the critical and desperate situation in the Gaza Strip as Israel's unrelenting bombing campaign (including bombing hospitals and mosques) continues.

However there was a strong sense of optimism in such a powerful gathering.

"The oppressed have a right to resist and exist," Palestinian activist Asmaa told the crowd.

"This is genocide! Every voice of conscience needs to raise awareness however they can and demand an end to this now."

"I want you to know, you have so much power, you can stop this genocide," she said.

The crowd chanted "ceasefire", sending a clear message to Labor it must change from refusing to pressure Israel to stop its bombing campaign.

An estimated 30,000 people demanded an end to Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza at the enormous protest in Gadi/Sydney.

At least 20,000 rally for Palestine in Naarm/Melbourne on October 22 demanding an end to Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

People rallied in other cities around the country, including more than 2000 in Boorloo/Perth and more than 500 in Muloobinba/Newcastle.

More photos can be seen on the Green Left Facebook page for rallies in Naarm/Melbourne, Meanjin/Brisbane, Gadi/Sydney and Boorloo/Perth.

Video: Ceasefire now! Meanjin/Brisbane rallies again for Gaza. Green Left.

Video: 'Stop the war on Gaza!' tens of thousands of marchers demand. Green Left.

Meanjin/Brisbane - Boycott Apartheid Israel
Meanjin/Brisbane - Boycott Apartheid Israel. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Naarm/Melbourne: Open your eyes, this is genocide
Naarm/Melbourne: Open your eyes, this is genocide. Photo: Chloe DS/Jacob Andrewartha
Gadi/Sydney: Stop the genocide
Gadi/Sydney: Stop the genocide. Photo: Isaac Nellist
Meanjin/Brisbane: Israel is an Apartheid system
Meanjin/Brisbane: Israel is an Apartheid system. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Naarm/Melbourne: Stop killing Palestinian children
Naarm/Melbourne: Stop killing Palestinian children. Photo: Chloe DS/Jacob Andrewartha
Gadi/Sydney: Free Palestine
Gadi/Sydney: Free Palestine. Photo: Isaac Nellist
Meanjin/Brisbane: Stop the hypocrisy
Meanjin/Brisbane: Stop the hypocrisy. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Naarm/Melbourne: Singaporeans for Palestine
Naarm/Melbourne: Singaporeans for Palestine. Photo: Chloe DS/Jacob Andrewartha
Boorloo/Perth: I stand with Palestine
Boorloo/Perth: I stand with Palestine. Photo: Alex Salmon
Boorloo/Perth: When will you condemn Israeli war crimes
Boorloo/Perth: When will you condemn Israeli war crimes. Photo: Alex Salmon

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