Mocobizscene- Several arrests were made during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on Christmas Day. Six individuals were taken into custody during a demonstration where hundreds of protesters marched through Midtown, passionately voicing their chants of “Christmas is cancelled here.”
According to the police, a number of protesters engaged in clashes with officers in the vicinity of Grand Central and Union Square. As a result, six individuals were arrested for charges including menacing an officer, graffiti, and disorderly conduct.
At approximately 2 p.m., the demonstrators initiated their march on Sixth Avenue. They proceeded to encircle the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is currently enclosed by barricades.
Police held protesters on the outskirts of the tree area, before they made their way to Grand Central Station and Union Square.
A group of individuals proudly displayed a Nativity scene with the powerful message “No Joy In Genocide,” embellished with artificial blood. Alongside, numerous people enthusiastically waved Palestinian flags, expressing solidarity.
Out of the six individuals who were apprehended, one is facing charges for menacing a law enforcement officer, while another has received a criminal court summons for graffiti. The remaining four have been issued desk appearance tickets for disorderly conduct.
The protest was strategically planned to coincide with the Christmas season.
In response to the suspension of Christmas services in Bethlehem due to the war, organizers took to the internet to rally for action. Protesters were seen marching along 5th Avenue, proudly displaying flags and holding up signs, as captured in a video shared on Citizen App.
According to the police, one officer sustained injuries during the protest.
The fighting in Gaza continues to rage on, with no signs of abating. Over the weekend, the death toll rose to 17 Israelis, while the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry reported that at least 70 civilians were killed in a devastating airstrike. It was one of the deadliest attacks since the start of the war.
Egypt is currently putting forward a fresh proposal for a ceasefire, which entails the establishment of a new Palestinian government in Gaza and the release of hostages.
Hamas has not officially responded to the proposal, leaving uncertainty about whether they would be willing to give up their control of Gaza, which they have held for the past 16 years.
With the ongoing conflict persisting, Hamas still holds more than a hundred hostages in their custody.
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