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Professional-Palestine protest takes over San Francisco’s Union Sq.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Professional-Palestine protestors took over Union Sq. in San Francisco on Friday, demanding a everlasting ceasefire in Gaza.

The youth-led march and rally occurred in the midst of busy Black Friday procuring. The group led by “Arab Youth Organizing” began at Metropolis Corridor after which marched to the Macy’s proper within the heart of Union Sq..

Amongst all the customers, individuals have been waving Palestinian flags and holding up indicators calling for the top to the preventing in Gaza.

“We’re right here to close down Black Friday and to ask everybody to cease spending cash that’s going to go to the Israeli authorities that’s gonna fund a genocide,” stated Zayna Elkarra with Bay Youth 4 Palestine.

Bay Youth 4 Palestine and Arab Youth Organizing have been among the teams bringing individuals collectively Friday night time. The protest comes as there’s a transient pause to the violence in Gaza whereas prisoners and hostages are exchanged between Israel and Hamas. Protestors say the pause isn’t sufficient.

“We have now been demanding a everlasting ceasefire. We want a everlasting ceasefire. We don’t want this non permanent ceasefire,” stated Helena Awwad with Arab Youth Organizing.

Greater than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed, in line with the well being ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza. And in Israel, 1,200 individuals have died because the preliminary assault by Hamas in October.  

Bay Space youth leaders say they need individuals to know they’re taking note of what’s taking place in Gaza.

“We’re by no means gonna overlook what’s occurring now, and we’re by no means gonna overlook for the longer term,” Awwad stated.

The demonstration blocked visitors within the space for a number of hours Friday. The San Francisco Police Division was there doing visitors management, however there weren’t any points between police and protesters.

Protests additionally happened in different areas of the Bay Space on Friday, together with San Jose’s Valley Truthful Mall. The peaceable rally began at Santana Row.

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