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Sat Aug 9 2014Santa Cruz Activists Continue Die-ins to Protest Attacks on Gaza
Sat Aug 9 2014Community Calls for End to U.S. Funded, Seven-Year Siege by Israel's Military
On August 4, activists in downtown Santa Cruz staged a second die-in as part of their ongoing protest of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Like the July 28 die-in, a rally was held first at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on name cards. Community members then marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where the die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages of Palestinian children killed since the war began on July 8.
"The Santa Cruz community is calling for an end to the 7-year siege and Genocidal assault on Gaza by Israel's military, fully funded and supported by the U.S. president, congress and senate. Santa Cruz demands an end to ongoing U.S. covert operations in Iraq and Syria. More than 50% of the populations in these regions are children. War is being waged on children with our tax dollars,"a press release announcing the first die-in stated.
An announcement for the August 4 die-in described the demonstration as a chance to speak out against, "Genocide, Apartheid, Colonialism, Ethnic Cleansing, and U.S/Israel Imperialism." A third die-in has been planned for Monday, August 11, beginning with a rally at the Town Clock at 5pm.
Read More with Photos | More Photos and Video | See Also: Die-in Staged in Santa Cruz to Protest Israel's Assault on Gaza (July 28) | Santa Cruz Activists Display Names of Palestinian Children Killed in Gaza
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