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Over 1,000 pro-Palestine protesters march in Dublin

More than 1,000 protesters have taken part in a pro-Palestine march in Dublin city centre.

The demonstration was part of an ongoing series of marches calling for an end to the Israeli campaign in Gaza following the 7 October Hamas attacks, and demanding the Government take actions including imposing sanctions on Israel.

The protesters assembled at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1pm and marched to Leinster House for a rally outside the Dáil.

Irish folk singer Christy Moore was among the speakers at the rally today.

Demonstrators, some wearing keffiyeh scarves, carried placards and waved Irish and Palestinian flags.
Speakers also included Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairwoman Zoe Lawlor and Palestinian human rights lawyer Tala Nasir.

Ms Lawlor said: “Thousands upon thousands of us have marched through almost 200 days of apartheid Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

“We urge everyone who cares about Palestinian rights to refuse to give up. We can see we are shifting the Government into action, slowly but surely.

“That’s why it’s crucial that we keep the pressure up for real action to punish Israel for its crimes.

“Every day of inaction means more loss of Palestinian life and the further normalisation of genocide.”

Ms Nasir thanked the Irish people for their “solidarity with Palestine”. She said: “The situation in Palestine is horrible right now.”

Christy Moore sang a version of Palestine by the Seattle musician Jim Page

She added: “We follow all your activities and this gives us hope that through the support of people around the world, we will achieve victory and be liberated from this brutalisation and apartheid regime.”

During his address, Mr Moore sang a version of Palestine by the Seattle musician Jim Page.

He sang: “We need to talk about the friends we still endorse, about the rockets and the tanks and the warships they disperse. No wonder, it seems to be an undemocratic version of democracy?”

Hundreds of people meanwhile took part in a pro-Palestine march in Cork city.

The Cork Palestine Solidarity Campaign march and rally was the 27th weekly demonstration held in the city since October last year.

Speaking at the rally, Senator Frances Black called on the Government to “take meaningful action to stand up for the principles of global solidarity, human rights, and international law”.

Taoiseach Simon Harris has worked with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to convince a number of European states to sign up to a joint recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Mr Harris has said he would be continuing to engage with his European counterparts on the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as well as the release of all hostages.

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