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15 thousand people. City paralyzed, tensions, flags burned, officer injured

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15 thousand people.  City paralyzed, tensions, flags burned, officer injured

«With the Palestinian resistance we block the colonial and imperialist wars». A white banner with red writing opens the procession. Then flags, chants on the megaphone and speakers on the vans. The demonstrators who will move in a procession “against the attempted genocide by Israel and in support of the Palestinian people” started from Piazzale Loreto.

“Let’s stay human.” 15 thousand people arrived in Milan from all over Italy for the national demonstration organized by the union of the Basic Unitary Confederation (CUB) almost five months after the outbreak of the war in the Gaza Strip. In the square there are many flags of different representations. In addition to those of Peace and Palestine, the auctions of the Alternative Student Opposition, Power to the People, the Basic Trade Union Union (USB) are also flying along with some exponents of the Milanese social centers, such as the Cantiere, and of the LGBT community. City paralyzed with traffic at a standstill due to the parade, bad weather and the events of Fashion Week.

Among those present also the former deputy of the 5 Star Movement Alessandro Di Battista. Di Battista did not march but remained to collect signatures under a yellow gazebo in Piazza Argentina to promote, with his «Schierarsi» association, a popular initiative law for the recognition of the state of Palestine. The deployment of police, carabinieri and brigades was conspicuous. Traffic is very slow due to the various closed roads along which the procession will parade which, passing through Caiazzo, via Settembrini, Piazza Duca d’Aosta, Piazza della Repubblica, the bastions of Porta Nuova, will arrive in Largo Cairoli around 8pm.

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Some of the demonstrators daubed the Carrefour in Viale Doria with red and black paint, thus protesting, according to them, against multinational war financing. The activists wrote “Stop genocide” on the external walls of the supermarket with red handprints next to them to symbolize blood.

The activists in the procession stopped in front of the windows of a vacant shop, on the corner between Piazza Duca d’Aosta and Via Vittorio Pisani. Here they daubed the walls with a large mural: they wrote “Free Gaza” with spray cans in the colors of the Palestinian flag.

The head of the procession arrived in Largo Cairoli. But there is over an hour’s walk between the first demonstrators and the last. Many, in fact, remained behind: some wore balaclavas and knocked on the windows of cars with people inside.

While the head of the procession, which has gradually grown in number of participants (well over 15 thousand), approaches Largo Cairoli, where the end of the demonstration is expected, moments of of tension. In Repubblica, a group of demonstrators, including some misrepresented, attempted to take via Turati to reach the nearby United States Consulate. Blocked by the deployed police forces, the antagonistic militants targeted the police department with eggs. Further on, another group carried out an impromptu initiative, damaging the window of a supermarket, a car belonging to a carsharing company, and threw stones, causing damage to the rear window of a local police vehicle (with the injury of one agent of the same patrol) and two cars from the financial police. Also in the Repubblica area, some antagonists allegedly burned a US and an Israeli flag.

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Between smoke bombs and chants, even the last demonstrators, at the tail end of the procession, arrived in Largo Cairoli where the 15,000 pro-Palestine people gathered.

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