The gathering started at 2:30 p.m., when around 60 people were there, later more came. According to estimates, the procession through the center of Prague now numbers 200 to 300 people. At the beginning of the event, the demonstrators unfurled a large banner with an inscription in English demanding to stop the killing in Palestine and end the occupation (Stop the killing in Palestine end the occupation).
Others have smaller inscriptions in their hands. Speakers also called for an end to the killing. “Together we can stop genocide, together we can liberate Palestine,” said one speaker. Another speaker said the lack of medicine and food was leading to a humanitarian disaster. “There is no life in a country where fear reigns,” she pointed out.
Around 3:15 p.m., the participants of the rally went on a parade through the center of Prague to Wenceslas Square. Along the way, the crowd chanted the English slogan From the river to the sea Palestine will be free (From the river to the sea Palestine will be free), a slogan used by Palestinian nationalists since the 1960s. Geographically, it refers to the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea between which Israel lies. At the Charles Bridge, the crowd met with tourists who, on the other hand, shouted slogans in support of Israel.
Action in support of Palestine
This is already the umpteenth event in support of Palestine that has been held in the center of Prague over the past month. According to estimates, they took part from a few people to 300. Support for the Palestinians is also expressed by people in other European cities. On Saturday, they took to the streets again in, for example, Germany, France or Britain. Tens of thousands of people came to the protests in Paris and London, no significant security problems were reported.
In Prague this week, attention was drawn to a young woman who took part in a demonstration on Wednesday, November 1 wearing a sweatshirt with an inscription that could refer to the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Olympics went down in history as the scene of a tragic event, namely a terrorist attack by Palestinian extremists , which resulted in the death of five athletes from Israel and six other members of the Israeli expedition. Detectives are investigating the case.
On October 7, Hamas militants invaded the territory of southern Israel, killed more than a thousand mostly civilians, and abducted more than two hundred people to the Gaza Strip. Israel responded by bombing the Gaza Strip and ground operations in Palestinian-held territory. The Gaza Strip Ministry of Health, which is administered by the radical Palestinian movement Hamas, announced on Sunday that 9,770 Palestinians had died in four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli retaliatory attacks. The data cannot be independently verified.