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A Protest Demanding An End to Israel’s Bombing of Gaza Brings Tens of Thousands to March Through Downtown L.A.

An estimated 50,000 people of all age ranges and backgrounds supported the peaceful demonstration, which called for a ceasefire and the end of Israel's occupation of Palestine. The energy was palpable and many who have been active in Palestine's struggle say it was the biggest turnout they've seen in Los Angeles so far.

A collective of 13 organizations, nonprofits, and activist groups organized a peaceful mass protest this last Saturday in downtown L.A.'s Historic Core neighborhood. Estimates of 20,000 to 50,000 people of all age ranges and backgrounds supported the demonstration, which called for a ceasefire and the end of Israel's occupation of Palestine. Speakers kicked off the protest at noon, at which point the demonstrators marched down Hill Street to 9th Street and returned to Broadway, ending up at Pershing Square again, where they were met by more speakers. No reports of arrests or counter-protestors were made, and plenty of chaperones were present to navigate traffic away from the crowds. As well as readily available first aid and water for protestors. The energy was palpable and many who have been active in Palestine's struggle say it was the biggest turnout they've seen in Los Angeles so far.

All photos by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.

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