More pro-Palestinian rallies and vigils planned this weekend in Mississauga

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Published November 3, 2023 at 3:21 pm

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Hundreds gathered at Mississauga's Celebration Square Sunday afternoon to take part in a Pro-Palestinian Rally. The group waved flags chanted and marched through streets. Jayson Mills Photo.

This weekend will see more rallies and a vigil by an Oakville Palestinian Rights group honouring the lives of Palestinians killed in the escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.

Posts on social media are promoting a protest and rally planned for 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 3) at Celebration Square in Mississauga with a call to “join the Palestinian resistance.”

The Oakville Palestinian Rights Association (OPRA) says a vigil honouring “the lives of the Children of Gaza”  is also planned for Saturday at 4 p.m. in front of Mississauga City Hall.

Protests have been a weekly occurrence since Hamas staged a deadly massacre in Israel on Oct. 7. At least 1,400 Israelis and more than 9,200 people in Gaza have been killed, and thousands of others have been injured.

Most of the injured and dead are civilians, including many women and children. Hundreds of thousands have heeded Israel’s warnings and fled south in hope of escaping the fighting, and the United Nations says it is collecting evidence of war crimes by both sides in the Israel-Hamas war.

Hundreds of people came out for the Stop the Genocide organized by Palestine House Toronto on Sunday (Oct. 22) starting from Celebration Square at 2 p.m. Pro-Palestinian rallies were also held on Oct. 14 and 17 in Mississauga.

With files from The Canadian Press

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