June 29, 2022

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Pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of the American and Israeli consulates in Montreal

Pro-Palestinian demonstration in front of the American and Israeli consulates in Montreal

Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate General in Westmount Square on St.-Catherine Street West near Atwater Street at 1 p.m.

They went to the United States Consulate General, just east of Saint-Catherine Street, especially on the corner of Peel Street.

Protesters occupy Dorchester Square where demonstrations took place last weekend. They prayed and chanted slogans in solidarity with the Palestinians.

The group, mainly young people, blocked the Rue Peel between Rou Saint-Catherine and Boulevard Rene-Lowesque.

The demonstration was declared illegal by the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal at 3 p.m.

Riot troops were dispatched to the scene. Although the police wanted to disperse the protesters, they continued to occupy the peel street.

Demonstrators gather in front of the Consulate General of Israel (photo) in Westmount Square before heading to the United States Consulate General.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Alexis Gacon

Subsequently, the audience moved to Saint-Catherine Street West, where traffic was impossible. The demonstrators chanted slogans. Some people waved Lebanese and Palestinian flags.

Participants began their quiet departure from the city center at 5 p.m. However, at 6 p.m., there were still some die-hards, preventing the reopening of St.-Catherine Street in this area of ​​the metropolis.

Late in the evening, the SPVM announced that despite smoke bombs launching fireworks, the entire demonstration was calm.

A police arrest for an armed attack on a police officer only reports one arrest.

Distrust of Israel

Despite the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after 11 days of conflict, many protesters say they do not believe in themselves and that the problems have not yet been resolved. They doubt the intentions of the Israeli government and believe the treaty is fragile.

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I came with my children and my nephews to support the Palestinians because what is going on there is crazy, it is unbearable. Then I want my children to understand that I will never accept this, Said one participant.

They [les Israéliens] Always try to evacuate people [les Palestiniens] From their home. So this is not really a ceasefire, Said a woman.

The ceasefire is not just the end of the struggle, it is the beginning of the struggle, because we want Palestine to be as free as ever.Said another woman.

We will see what is happening in Gaza and what is happening in the West Bank […] You can see how Palestinians behave everywhere in Palestine. I think the world is starting to join in on the cause, Said one man.

Rallies are also planned in support of the Palestinian cause in Ottawa, Toronto Saskatoon And Manitoba.

The Palestinian cause has resonated elsewhere in the world, As in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

With Mary-Josie Pockett-Comeau information