CHICAGO — Thousands of people gathered in the Loop on Saturday to support the Palestinians as the conflict between Hamas and Israel escalates.
Protesters from across the Midwest gathered in Chicago to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to U.S. support for Israel amid conflict in the Middle East.
The massive crowd garnered support from Chicago aldermen who came to speak.
“We have witnessed the dehumanization of Palestinians to the point where they try to convince people that everything is fine. That it is OK to drop bombs on children, that it is OK to continually murder and massacre the Palestinian people in the name of the people of the United States,” said Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez during her speech at the of Saturday’s demonstration.
On October 7, Hamas attacked Israel, killing around 1,400 Israelis and taking nearly 200 hostage. Palestinians say the attack was the result of oppression under Israeli occupation.
Since this attack, Israel has responded with airstrikes on Gaza, leaving thousands dead, injured and missing.
Saturday’s crowd spoke out against U.S. support for Israel in this war.
The group that organized the event also planned a vigil to be held Sunday evening to honor Palestinians who died in the conflict.