Mass rally in Tunis to support Palestine
15/05/2021 19:51, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - A mass rally to support the Palestinian cause took place on Saturday in Tunis, on the call of several opposition parties and various organisations, including the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

The rally, which coincides with the 73rd observation of the Nakba, set off from the statue of Ibn Khaldun to the January 14 Square, amidst heavy security presence.

Despite the lokdown in force until Sunday to stem the pandemic, several civil society activists and leaders of left wing and nationalist parties took part in the demonstration.

Young people waved Palestinian flags and marched against Zionist aggression, chanting «Let's liberate Al-Quds,» «We defend Al-Aqsa with our bloods and souls,» «A law criminalising normalisation.»

«Tunisia's silence is explained by its submission to the US administration in order to secure a loan from the International Monetary Fund,» secretary-general of the Workers' Party Hamma Hammami said.

He denounced the silence of President Kais Saied who previously deemed normalisation «high treason» and the silence of Ennahdha movement.

«The silence of Arab countries is explained by the fact that the majority of Arab countries have direct relations with the Zionist entity,» Hammami added, calling to enact a law criminalising normalisation.

Demonstrators held signs reading Save "Sheikh Jarrah," which is a neighbourhood in East Quds where Palestinian families face eviction in favour of Zionist settlers.

It was the fate of these residents that sparked the uprising of the Palestinian people, secretary general of the popular current Zouhaier Hamdi said.

He invited Arab leaders "to stop the normalisation with the enemy and to put an end to the agreements concluded." For him, the right of Palestinians to resistance and return to their homes is irreversible.

For his part, secretary general of Echaâb movement Zouhaier Maghzaoui called for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, urging to support the resistance and to end any form of normalisation with the Zionist entity.

«People are dying, people are being displaced, people are being injured and are being treated unfairly,» said deputy secretary general of the UGTT Sami Tahri.

Likewise, member of the executive bureau of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) Wajih Wafi condemned «the illegal eviction of Palestinians from their homes» and «the brutal attacks against demonstrators,» denouncing the «unjustified silence» of the international community.

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