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Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa

by Sebastien Labelle

Ottawa crowd gathers for the Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Israel supporters are kept accross the street by police
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Bloc Quebecois MP Richard Nadeau calls for an end to Israeli apartheid
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
A young man is arrested for spitting at an Israel flag carrier
Tensions rise a little between crowd and police
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Crowd chants and marches toward police station in solidarity with arestee
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Dylan Penner (left) from the Ottawa Palestine Solidarity Network
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa
Global Day of Action In Defence of Palestine - Ottawa

OTTAWA -- Crowds rallied together at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on June 5, 2010 to protest the siege of Gaza and the interception of ships seeking to deliver humanitarian supplies to those under blockade. The Ottawa Palestine Solidarity Network called on supporters to amass where speakers from various local organizations denounced the violence done by Israel against Gazans and the Freedom Flotilla activists seeking to offer help. Speakers included Bloc Quebecois MP for Gatineau, Richard Nadeau, who was part of a Canadian delegation of parliamentarians to visit the Gaza strip last summer. Nadeau was stern in his criticism of Israeli policy toward Palestinians, describing the situation as an apartheid and stating that the state of Israel was shamefully dishonouring its historical roots stemming from the Holocaust. Speakers present also thanked all Israelis and Jews who stood in solidarity with Palestinians and denounced equating criticism toward Israel with anti-Semitism as untrue and misleading. The crowd of over two hundred Palestinian supporters were confronted by a dozen Israel supporters who were kept across the street by Ottawa police officers. As the crowd began to disperse, a young man who had been rallying in support of Gaza crossed the street where eyewitnesses said he spat toward a person carrying an Israel flag. The young man was apprehended by the police as he was walking away and handcuffed. Tensions rose between the crowd and police as the young man was driven away to the police station. The crowd proceeded to march along Elgin street chanting in solidarity with Palestine until they reached the Ottawa police station. There, chants continued until the arrestee's father arrived and he was released.

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