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Protestors march through downtown Savannah in reaction to violence in Gaza

Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 11:45 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A joint Free Palestine/Black Lives Matter protest through downtown Savannah on Saturday brought together activist movements to promote awareness and solidarity.

Protestors began their march at the corner of Abercorn and Broughton Streets Saturday afternoon to begin a march they say will happen every week through the summer.

“We are to keep marching. We will keep marching until we feel like we have been heard. Until Palestinian people are liberated. Until Black people are liberated in this country,” said a protestor.

The movement was between a group pushing for Free Palestine and Black Lives Matter. The organizers say they want to promote awareness in Savannah of the conflict happening in Gaza.

“They are hoping for someone to help them. If we don’t, who will? We are their voices,” said Rana Afanuh, organizer of the protest.

They say joining was important because in their opinion, the Black Lives Matter and Free Palestine are similar movements.

“BLM was a big, big amazing protest and all Palestinians felt the need to help with that because we were going through the same thing. And it’s heartbreaking to know that something like this is happening and no one is doing anything,” said Afanuh.

The group marched to City Hall, through downtown Savannah to Forsyth Park, and back to Abercorn and Broughton Streets, where they began.

The march lasted two hours and remained peaceful. Dozens of police cars surrounded and guided the march, and despite a few tense moments, no arrests were made and no one got hurt.

The group says they hope bringing these activist movements together will promote a greater understanding of each other and awareness throughout Savannah.

“More people coming and joining us. We want people all around the world to help,” said Afanuh.

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