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Americans Take to the Streets After U.S. Vetoes Gaza Ceasefire

Demonstrations broke out around the U.S. over the last 48 hours, as reported in various press, occasioned by the U.S.’s ignominious vote at the UN Security Council meeting on Dec. 8, vetoing a resolution which demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. Some, but not all of the demonstrations were in response to that vote.

“The Shut It Down for Palestine Coalition, composed of several organizations including the International Peoples’ Assembly, the Palestinian Youth Movement, the ANSWER Coalition, and National Students for Justice in Palestine, called for a day of action on Dec. 8, to continue putting pressure on Israel and the U.S. one week after Israel resumed its genocidal violence against Gaza. This coalition of organizations is bringing together the Palestine solidarity movement to disrupt major centers of power across the country,” reported Peoples Dispatch website.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 9, demonstrators gathered around Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s home in McLean, Virginia. They chanted “Blinken Blinken rise and shine, you’re committing genocide!”

About 1,000 demonstrators gathered yesterday in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan, marched to New York City Hall, and rallied at Washington Square Park, also noted in Peoples Dispatch. And demonstrators once again stormed the Brooklyn Bridge to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, temporarily shutting down the Manhattan-bound side. There were other demonstrations, including in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Rhode Island.

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