I attended the “Let Gaza Live” rally and march today, organized by the ANSWER Coalition, in Washington, DC. The rally was held at Lafayette Park which is in front of the White House and adjacent to the Hay-Adams Hotel, where President-elect Obama is currently staying. There were numerous speakers at the rally. The most notable speaker that I saw was Ralph Nader. Apparently, Cynthia McKinney was there also but I had arrived after she had spoken. Her remarks can be read here.
The weather was very cold to begin with today and towards the end of the rally it started to rain. But that didn’t matter to the thousands of people there. Everyone stayed and proceeded to march. The march took place in downtown DC, passing in front of the White House and then by the offices of The Washington Post (who hadn’t covered previous protests) and back to the White House.
By the end of the march I was freezing and very wet from the rain but I didn’t mind. I was glad to join the diverse thousands who came to show their support for Gaza and rally for change in the US government’s unconditional support for Israel.
Here are some of the pictures I took from the event. Sorry for the not-so-great quality. I particularly enjoyed the young man on the scaffolding waving the Palestinian flag. Represent!
Here’s an AP video of the protest. The Israeli supporter’s comments are disgusting (they just had to stick that in there). There were only a handful of pro-Israeli supporters at the rally.