Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Paris once more on Wednesday to march against Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip, the first authorised demonstration since a July 13 rally ended in clashes.
There had been fears of further violence ahead of the march, particularly after ugly scenes at two banned demonstrations over the weekend that saw protesters hurl rocks at police, who responded with volleys of teargas.
More than 1,000 undercover and uniformed officers were deployed along the march route, carrying riot gear and teargas in case trouble broke out.
But the march passed largely without incident, as the protesters made their way from southern Paris towards Invalides in the centre of the capital.
Police said around 14,500 people attended the rally, while organisers put the figure at 25,000.
In pictures: Thousands march for Gaza peace in Paris
Protesters at the rally hold an anti-Israel sign. © Sam Ball / France 24
A Palestinian flag is unfurled to be carried along the march route. © Sam Ball / France 24
Members of the Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle) Communist party, one of a number of far-left political parties present at the march. © Sam Ball / France 24
Protesters paint Palestinian flags on their faces at the start of the march. © Sam Ball / France 24
A sign reading “No to Gaza blockade”. © Sam Ball / France 24
A young boy waves a peace flag. © Sam Ball / France 24
Smoke in the colours of the Palestinian flag is released by protesters. © Sam Ball / France 24
Protesters pause to pray during the march. © Sam Ball / France 24
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Date created : 2014-07-23