Monday, May 17, 2021

Thousands of Palestinians and supporters march through the Mission

Photo by Annika Hom.

 On the edge of Liberty Street, local supporters of Palestine literally drew resistance early Saturday afternoon as dozens of the activists took turns painting a giant street mural on Valencia Street that depicted symbols of resistance and martyrdom. Hours later, they joined hundreds more in a march to Dolores Park. 

The “All Out for Palestine” rally commenced at 2 p.m. with hundreds of people of all generations and ethnicities chanting “Palestine will be free,” and “end the occupation now” to drums and tambourines. Condemnations against Israel and taunts aimed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also echoed through the streets, “Netanyahu you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.”

The march circled around and ended up on Mission Street, rousing the attention of bar customers and shop owners. Protesters in cars leaned on their horns as they drove by, with some passengers waving the black, red, white, and green Palestinian flag out the car window. 

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