Tunisian Cities Protest in Solidarity with Palestinian Land Day

Published April 1st, 2018 - 06:46 GMT
 Tunisian boy holding a national flag (AFP/File Photo)
Tunisian boy holding a national flag (AFP/File Photo)

Tunisian cities on Saturday demonstrated in solidarity with Palestine as part of that country's Land Day commemorations.

Protests were held in Tunis and Sfax, southeast of the capital.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis coloring the streets in the Palestinian flag.

Banners such as "The people want the independence of Palestine " and "normalizing relations with Israel, should be a crime" were carried by demonstrators.

In Sfax, the Tunisian Student Association organized the Land Day program in the city’s main square.

Hundreds carried Palestinian flags and keffiyehs, a symbol of Palestinian independence.

 

Demonstrations that began Friday in the Gaza Strip are part of an annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab Israeli citizens killed by Israeli forces in 1976, during protests against government land confiscations in northern Israel.

At least 15 Gazans were martyred and hundreds injured when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters.

The rallies are the start of a six-week protest that culminate on May 15, the day the Palestinians call Nakba, or Catastrophe, when Israel was founded.

Protesters are demanding Palestinian refugees be allowed the right of return to towns and villages their families fled, or were driven out of, when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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