Raleigh Demo Against Attacks on Gaza
Posted by raleighfist on January 5, 2009
Over 400 mostly Palestinian youth and community members, as well as various social justice activists, converged at the steps of North Carolina State University’s Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh to protest the continuing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. Chanting “Resistance is justified when freedom is denied” and “Free, Free Palestine,” the swelling crowd demanded an end to the US-supported attacks by Israel and called for an end to the criminal occupation of Palestine. A newly formed student group at NC State University called Palestine United organized the demonstration and effectively mobilized the mostly youth crowd, while also bringing many people from area mosques and Muslim organizations. Palestine United organizers contacted Raleigh FIST to help with security, to bring the sound systems, and design placards for the demonstration. The nearly four hour protest was well-received by the heavy foot and car traffic and FIST’s role in the demonstration was explicitly appreciated by many folks in the Arab community. The local plan of action has not currently been set but Raleigh FIST remains dedicated to providing support for the Palestinians anti-imperialist struggle.