Protesters show support for Palestine during rally in Westlake

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WESTLAKE, Ohio (WJW) — Protesters gathered in Westlake, outside Crocker Park Mall, Friday night to demand an end to Israeli assaults on Palestinians.

Westlake police said Crocker Road was closed to traffic while the rally was underway.

Protesters were cleared from the Crocker Park property; the rally continued outside of the property.

The scene was passionate and intense for several hours. Hundreds of people showed up chanting “free Palestine,” many holding banners.

According to rally organizers, Palestinian-Americans and supporters gathered to show that they stand in solidarity with those in Palestine.

They were also calling for a halt of all U.S. military aid to Isreal and an end to the Israeli military assault on Gaza, among other demands.

One organizer said Friday’s demonstration was to bring awareness to Northeast Ohio about what’s happening in Palestine, not calling it a religious issue, but a human rights issue.

A broad coalition of organizations planned two rallies around Northeast Ohio this weekend to show their support for the cause. The second rally will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Cleveland Public Square.

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