Chicago Joins the World in Protest

On Tuesday June 1, 2010, American Muslims for Palestine and the Free Gaza Movement called for an emergency demonstration to protest the killing of international activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla heading towards the Gaza Strip. After only 48 hours notice, over 1,500 people gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in Downtown Chicago to voice out against oppression, injustice, and Israel’s latest lethal attack on pro-Palestinians.

After chanting for over an hour, a number of speakers were invited to make a few statements. The following video is of Sheikh Jamal Said, the Imam of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois who gave the closing statements.

Below are a few brilliant photographs that capture the enthusiasm and passion of the hundreds of dedicated activists who marched and chanted in unison to express their outrage at such a humanitarian catastrophe:

"Palestine will be free" reads this young man's hand-painted sign / Darren Leow

Sheikh Jamal Said leads protesters in a funeral prayer for the fallen victims of Israel's raid of the Freedom Flotilla / Darren Leow

Chicago's finest / Darren Leow

Within minutes, the protest grew in size and filled the entire street from end to end / Darren Leow

Noise came from footsteps, chants, and of course, this hand-drum / Darren Leow

All photographs courtesy of Darren Leow. Please visit his website: http://www.darrenleow.com.

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