Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Three Years of Intifada Marked

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Three Years of Intifada Marked

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International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) organized a demonstration to mark the third anniversary of the al-Aqsa intifada on Sept. 28 in New York City. Joining in global days of action which resulted in demonstrations in over 45 countries around the world, about 2,500 activists marched from Columbus Circle at the lower end of Central Park to the Israeli Consulate. En route they stopped at the Philippine, Colombian, and South Korean Consulates to call for an end to occupation around the world, from the U.S. occupation of Iraq to the U.S.-funded Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Countries that held marches in conjunction with the U.S. ANSWER demonstrations included Spain, where 25,000 marched in Barcelona, the UK, where 100,000 marched in London, Japan, Denmark, South Korea, France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Belgium, Ireland, Eebanon, India, Italy, Finland, Germany and Poland, among others. In the U.S., major marches were held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit, as well as in New York, and smaller marches took place throughout the country.

Although there were fewer demonstrators in New York than in some other locations, even a cold rain at the beginning of the march and the infamous New York City police barriers erected to keep protesters penned in did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. …

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