Updated: 03/04/18 : 05:27:53
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Sligo Solidarity vigil for Palestine

Members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Sligo gathered outside the G.P.O. yesterday, Easter Monday, to participate in a vigil to protest against the killing of 16 unarmed Palestinians by Israeli forces on Good Friday and to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The protesters displayed Palestinian Flags and carried placards which read: “Boycott Israeli Goods”, “Freedom and Peace in Palestine”, “End U.S. aid to Israel”.

Local elected representatives including Cllr Declan Bree, Cllr Gino O’Boyle and Cllr Chris MacManus were among those who participated in the protest.

Spokesperson Ms Aine Daly said the vigil was organised to protest against the deliberate killing of 16 unarmed Palestinians and the wounding of 1,500 others by Israeli forces when thousands of Palestinian protesters marched near Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday last to mark the 42nd anniversary of Land Day.

“The scenes in Gaza are reminiscent of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Derry in 1972 where unarmed protesters were shot down in cold blood.” said Ms Daly.

“This massacre and the continues human rights abuses being suffered by the Palestinian people and the continued occupation and destruction of Palestinian lands and Palestinian homes in breach of the Geneva Convention and numerous United Nations resolutions is an affront to all of us whole believe in freedom and democracy.

“We are calling on the government to expel the Israeli Ambassador and we are appealing to all people of conscience to join the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that aims to compel Israel to respect Palestinian rights and international law.” she said.