ROME (AFP) Tens of thousands of
people marched in Rome on Saturday to call for the
creation of a Palestinian state and express solidarity
with the Palestinian people.
organized by the Democratic Left, the Green party and anti-globalization groups
brought traffic in central Rome to a standstill, as
demonstrators marched in intermittent rain.
Demonstrators carry an effigy of Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made up as a butcher, during a protest against Israel's military actions in Palestinian refugee camps, in Rome, Saturday, March 9, 2002. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, most of them young people, marched through the Italian capital on Saturday in a noisy, peaceful show of support for Palestinians in their battle with Israel. Sign say: "Butcher Shop." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Organizers said some 50,000 people participated in the
three-kilometer march along the Italian capital's main
The demonstration ended at the Piazza Navona, where
speakers called for peace in the Middle East and an end
to the bloodshed, a day after the deadliest day in the
17-month conflict, which left more than 50 Palestinians
Many protesters among them women wearing
Islamic headscarves said they believed Israelis
and Palestinians could live together in peace.
Demonstrators said they supported both the security of
the state of Israel, and the creation of a Palestinian
Police were out in force to maintain order
ahead of a Lazio-AS Roma football match set for today
but no incidents were reported.
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