Activists come out in solidarity with Palestinians throughout Latin America

by The Region   Reuters  


Demonstrators took to the streets of Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia on Tuesday (May 15) in demonstrations "in solidarity with the Palestinian people", a day after the bloodiest day in Gaza in years, after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border during demonstrations against the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday (May 14).

The largest of the three demonstrations was in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires where hundreds marched on the Israeli Embassy carrying Palestinian flags. Some also carried signs denouncing Israeli "genocide" against Palestinians.

"The Argentine Solidarity Committee with the Palestinian People rejects the new massacre by Israel, which killed, on May 14, more than 58 Palestinian men and women, some of whom were children and which left more than 2,000 people injured," a pro-Palestinian activist, Nilda Ravi, told the media.

In Sao Paulo, a building on the city's famous Paulista Avenue was lit with the Palestinian flag as protesters made their way down the busy thoroughfare denouncing the Israeli attack and calling for a "free Palestine".

The president of Bolivia's Palestinian Community led a smaller demonstration in La Paz where he denounced Monday's attack. 

"In the name of the Palestinian community in Bolivia, we roundly reject the massacres and genocides that have been committed by the Zionist state of Israel in the Gaza strip, massacring more than 60 lives of civil protesters and leaving more than 3,000 injured. Over two months, there are already more than 300 dead and 1,500 injured in the Gaza strip territory and because of the transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to what is our capital of Jerusalem or the Holy City of the 3 religions of Palestine. And so we are angry for the silence of the international community, and the overwhelming support of the United States for the massacre Israel is committing against the Palestinian people," he said.