Over 1,000 protest for the liberation of Palestine in Montreal
|CTVnews 15 May 2021 at 17:57|
Protesters chanted "stop the occupation," "Palestinian Lives Matter" and other slogans as a caravan of cars travelled from La Fontaine Park to Westmount Square.
"We are asking our government to put pressure on the state of Israel to end the expulsions immediately and to respect international law and human rights law," said Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec vice-president Zahia Elmasri.
The Stand for Jerusalem: NO to Ethnic Cleansing!, Stop Apartheid in Jerusalem and Commemoration de la NAKBA events were all planned for the same day.
"We re seeing that the Naqba continues. This year, we re seeing families all over Jerusalem are being threatened with expulsion from their homes," said Palestinian Youth Movement organizer Elias Ayoub.
Mira Sucharov, a political science professor at Carleton University, said the current flareup has noticeable differences from those that have happened in the conflict s past.
"We didn t see violence spill over inti Israel itself and now we are. That s very frightening."
After the march, as protesters gathered in front of the Israeli consulate, a window was smashed and tear gas was deployed by Montreal police.
Montreal police (SPVM) media spokesperson Raphael Bergeron said there was a large crowd, but that the protest was peaceful. One person was arrested.
One protester denounced the violent incident, saying "These people don t represent us. In every protest there will always be bad people who will misrepresent us."
Demonstrations were also held in major cities across the globe including Madrid, Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken about the situation with Gaza.
According to a statement from Netanyahu s office, the Israeli leader updated Biden on the developments and actions that Israel has taken and intends to take. It says Netanyahu also thanked Biden for the "unreserved support of the United States for our right to defend ourselves."
It says Netanyahu emphasized in the conversation that Israel is doing everything to avoid harming the uninvolved. The statement added "the proof of this is that in the towers where there are terrorist targets attacked by the IDF, they are evacuated from the uninvolved."