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Tens of thousands were expected to march on Washington for Gaza

Tens of thousands of people from across the US are expected to participate in a demonstration in Washington, DC on Saturday in support of Gaza.

Tens of thousands are expected to demonstrate in Lafayette Park on Saturday in support of Gaza. (Brooke Anderson/TNA)

Tens of thousands of people from across the US are expected to participate in a demonstration in Washington, DC on Saturday in support of Gaza.

The meeting, supported by more than 200 organizations, will focus on the Israeli invasion of Rafah. It will take place at noon in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, where attendees, wearing a red plan, will surround the building with a two-mile-long red flag symbolizing President Joe Biden’s apparent “red line” of an Israeli invasion from Rafah. .

“This demonstration is taking place in outraged response to the Israeli invasion of Rafah and the atrocities committed by the Israeli army, funded and equipped with American taxpayer dollars,” said Walter Smolarek, media coordinator at the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), an umbrella protest group, said The new Arab.

“Biden has said this will be his red line. People will be his red line,” he said. Flyers posted in downtown Washington DC read “Biden, We Are Your Red Line.”

At 4 p.m., activists and lawyers will hold a symbolic “People’s Court” at the Ellipse near the White House to try American and Israeli leaders for war crimes.

“The Israeli army has just carried out another horrific massacre – this time targeting a United Nations school in Gaza where refugees were sheltering. Dozens have been killed, including many children. The bombs, fighter jets and other weapons that Israel uses to commit these types of atrocities on a regular basis are provided by the United States – that is why we are going to surround the White House on Saturday to protest on the doorstep of war criminal Joe Biden,” said Miriam Osman , member of the Palestinian Youth Movement, in a press conference. Edition.

The last demonstration of this magnitude took place in early March, days before the deadline Israel had set for an invasion of Rafah. Three months later, as Israeli tanks have entered central Rafah, the situation in Gaza has deteriorated further.

Since Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel on October 7, which killed about 1,200 people, Israel has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians in Gaza and injured more than 85,000 others in the same period.

The ongoing bombings have decimated the besieged enclave’s healthcare infrastructure, school system and sanitary network. Malnutrition and hygiene-related diseases are becoming increasingly common.

Rafah, which was considered a safe zone in the early months of the war and became a host to more than 1.4 million displaced Palestinians in Gaza, is now under direct attack.

Other cities in North America, including Toronto and Los Angeles, will hold similar demonstrations around the same time.

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