Over 150 pro-Palestinian demonstrators, organized by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), were arrested in Manhattan during a passionate protest calling for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The demonstration, commencing at 5 p.m. in Bryant Park, gained momentum as protesters made their way to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Midtown office.
Around 8 p.m., protesters took a seat in uniformed lines on Fifth Avenue, causing traffic disruption and attracting the attention of passersby. In the face of orders from the New York Police Department (NYPD) to disperse, the protesters chanted, “Ceasefire now!” as some were peacefully escorted from their positions on the ground.
While the NYPD confirmed the detentions, the precise count remained uncertain as events continued to unfold. Videos from the rally circulated online, depicting demonstrators expressing their views to police officers with chants of “Shame on you.”
The DSA’s New York City chapter took to social media, stating, “Over 150 New Yorkers are being arrested for demanding a ceasefire in Gaza! Our movement won’t stand by while our government bankrolls war crimes. It’s time to end the blockade, send in humanitarian aid, and build a just and lasting peace.”
This protest marks the most recent in a series of demonstrations related to the Israel-Hamas conflict in New York City. The NYC chapter of the DSA asserted, “Our movement won’t stand by while our government bankrolls war crimes. It’s time to end the blockade, send in humanitarian aid, and build a just and lasting peace.”
While the precise number of detainees remained unclear due to the ongoing incident, both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian movements have been organizing rallies in New York City since the outbreak of violence on October 7th. The conflict, marked by Hamas launching attacks on Israel, has resulted in profound casualties.
Over 1,400 Israelis have tragically lost their lives, more than 4,200 have been wounded, and at least 100 are being held hostage. On the Palestinian side, reports from Gaza health officials indicate that over 3,000 people have been killed, and more than 12,500 have been injured.
This passionate protest reflects the deep concern and activism surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict, echoing the global call for an immediate ceasefire and a path towards lasting peace.
“CEASE FIRE NOW” – That’s the chant heard from protestors on the steps of @nypl before they marched to @SenGillibrand‘s Midtown office where @NYPDNews set up a pen. Protestors stopped a block away, blocking traffic on 5th Ave. They want fighting to stop in Middle East. #1010WINS pic.twitter.com/SEkgIboPuR
— Darius Radzius (@DariusRadzius) October 20, 2023