New Year’s Eve Rally for Palestine – Detroit

By Fighting Words Staff

All over the world billions of people have been rallying and demonstrating in solidarity with the Palestinian people over the siege of Gaza beginning on Oct. 7.

In Detroit on New Year’s Eve, nearly a thousand people gathered in the light rain to demonstrate their opposition to the continuing IDF war on Gaza and the West Bank.

Detroit police during the march began to threaten people with arrests for marching in the streets. This type of harassment was reminiscent of the attacks against the Black Lives Matter marches organized by Detroit Will Breathe in the summer of 2020 during the national uprising against the police brutality in the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Hakim Littleton, among others.

Eventually the cops backed off and no arrests were made. In 2020, activists won a temporary restraining order against the Detroit cops in federal court. This type of harassment of Palestine solidarity activists is occurring around the United States on campuses, in the media and in public spaces.

Numerous speakers decried the genocide being perpetuated with the direct financial and military assistance of the United States government. Since Oct. 7, more than 21,000 people have been killed in Palestine while the administration of President Joe Biden has refused to call for a ceasefire on the part of the IDF. The Biden administration may be sealing its defeat by its unsupportable position in Palestine.

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