Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. The rally was all in support of the people of Gaza, and sought to publicly denounce what those in attendence said was a clearly immortal military assault on Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli Defense Forces.
The rally was one of the largest in the city since the days before the end of apartheid.
South African protestors carried posters stating “Israel is an apartheid state” and “Stop Israeli murder,” making a clear connection to what the people of South Africa experienced under apartheid and what they claim is happening with the Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
“We estimate there are well over 30,000 people, and the figure could be as high as 50,000,” Richard Bosman, Cape Town’s executive director for safety and security said in an interview with the national Sapa news agency.
Some demonstrators could be seen wearing t-shirts that stated “Africa understands colonialism.”
Those in attendance said they were demanding “decisive action from the South African government against the Israeli attacks, killings, displacement and destruction of the Gaza Strip.”
Almost 2,000 Gazans – nearly all civilians – have been killed since Israel began attacking the tiny region over the past month.
(Article by M.B. David)