Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in D.C. march to demand cease-fire in Gaza

At the March on Washington for Gaza, thousands of demonstrators rallied in support of a cease-fire in Gaza and an end for U.S. aid for Israel.

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Thousands of demonstrators rallied and marched in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to demand an end to Israel’s deadly military campaign in Gaza, marking almost 100 days since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

The event was led by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups who are calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, an end to U.S. funding for the Israeli military, and Israel to be held accountable for what organizers say are war crimes and violations of international law.

Organizers arranged bus transportation for attendees from close to two dozen states for the biggest pro-Palestinian march since November. At a rally on Freedom Plaza, speakers shared stories of victims in Gaza, and marchers walked several blocks before arriving in front of the White House. Protesters carried signs listing the names of Palestinians killed and accusing President Biden of participating in a “genocide.”

Israel’s siege of Gaza has killed more than 23,800 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s health ministry, since it declared war against the militant group Hamas for its Oct. 7 attack on Israel that killed some 1,200 people. The militant group continues to hold more than 130 people hostage.

Here’s a glimpse of scenes from the march.

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The event was held on Freedom Plaza near the White House.

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Many people at the march shared stories of how their family members have been killed in Gaza.

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People fly bird puppets at the start of the march. The group organizing this was Bread and Puppet theater group. One volunteer called the puppets birds of peace.

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Najah Hamad from Chicago reacts as she listens to speakers talking about Gaza.

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Since Oct. 7, there have been multiple events and demonstrations around D.C. and the world held in protest of the Israeli-Hamas war.

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The rally was held at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., before a march proceeded to the White House.

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A person finishes his prayers on 14th Street as rally goers walk in the background.

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The event was led by the American Muslim Task Force.

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Buses came from more than 20 states including Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas to show their support at the rally, according to the march website.

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A protest installation by the anti-war group Code Pink in front of the White House.

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Before the march, speakers shared their stories.

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Max Raymond from New York City listens to speakers at the rally.

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Thousands rallied in support of a cease-fire in Gaza.

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A child attending the rally held his sign.

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