WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Up to 30,000 people from across the U.S. are expected to gather in D.C. Saturday afternoon in a protest calling for a ceasefire to the Israeli-Hamas war.
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The People's Forum and Answer Coalition, two non-profit groups helping to organize the National March on Washington for Palestine, said they and many others will march to support those Palestinians trapped in Gaza.
Events begin at noon with pre-rally speeches and music. They will then transition to the End the Siege in Gaza Rally at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., protesters will leave Freedom Plaza, go north on 14th Street to K Street, West on K Street to 17th Street, South on 17th Street to the closed portion of Pennsylvania Avenue, east to 15th Street, and end by going back down Pennsylvania Avenue to Freedom Plaza.
Events will conclude with a Vigil in Lafayette Park at and a picket along the White House sidewalk at 4 p.m.
Roughly 35 speakers will be involved in the events, according to information from the Answer Coalition's permit to the National Parks Service.
Gaza is being bombed by the hour. Its people are denied food, water, and electricity by Israel," the promotion flyers wrote. "Tens of thousands more people are likely to die."
Back on Oct. 18, the advocacy group Jewish Voices for Peace made similar calls for a ceasefire during a rally that saw hundreds hold a demonstration in and around the House of Representatives side of the U.S. Capitol Complex.
This time around, the event appears to be co-sponsored completely by U.S.-Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Youth Movement, who helped lead a rally in front of the Israeli embassy. Nearly 250 advocacy groups from multiple religious and ethnic backgrounds have endorsed Saturday's protest.
This event comes just as the Biden administration called for a series of pauses in conflict by Israeli forces, to hopefully allow humanitarian sources enough time to aid those Palestinians trapped in Gaza, according to the Associated Press.
AP reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged the idea, stating there would be no ceasefire until the hostages held by Hamas are released.
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