Large pro-Palestine rally gathers in Auckland city in continued calls for ceasefire in Israel Hamas warPosted by On

Thousands of pro-Palestine protestors have gathered at Aotea Square in Auckland’s city centre this afternoon calling for a ceasefire to the Israel-Hamas war.

Dozens of Palestinian flags were seen among the congregation that included Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson and MP Ricardo Menéndez March.

The rally began walking down Queen Street to the US Consulate General on Customs Street shortly before 3pm today.

A large police presence is also monitoring and chaperoning the march down Queen Street which has completly closed the street.

Chants of “shame” arise from the crowd everytime speakers at the event reference the recent US veto of the UN ceasefire resolution.

The United States vetoed a United Nations resolution on Friday backed by almost all other Security Council members and many other nations demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Hundreds of protesters take their march down Auckland's Queen Street. Photo / Alex Burton
Hundreds of protesters take their march down Auckland’s Queen Street. Photo / Alex Burton

The crowd also chanted: “Casefire. When do we want it? Now.”

A stage has been set up near the Queen Street side of Aotea Square with a “Free Palestine” banner with both the Palestine flag and the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, also known as the national Māori flag.

The rally began at 2pm in Aotea Square before the group marches along Queen St towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office.

Posters for the protest describe it as the “biggest for Palestine in NZ…

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