Protest march to be staged in Vilnius to show solidarity with Gaza

  • 2023-10-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – A protest march will be staged in Vilnius on Thursday evening to show solidarity with the victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

"Come and show our solidarity with the people of Gaza. Come and condemn Israel's war crimes in Gaza. Let's not allow genocide to be committed in front of our eyes," the organizers said.

According to them, "the silent vigil-procession against Israel's violence in Gaza" will start in Vilnius' central Cathedral Square and will proceed along Gedimino Avenue to the government building, where a minute of silence will be observed and speeches will be made.

Similar solidarity rallies in response to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are taking place in major European cities such as London, Milan, Paris, Rome, and others. 

Pro-Israel solidarity events have also been held in the Lithuanian capital. 

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, launched an unprecedented surprise attack on Israel on October 7, invading its territory and firing rockets. Israel carried out retaliatory strikes on Gaza and cut off the supply of food, fuel, water, and other essentials to the Strip, causing a humanitarian crisis for Palestinian civilians living there.

Around 2.3 million people live in the Gaza Strip, a stretch of land about the size of Vilnius on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

The conflict has claimed hundreds of lives both in Israel and in Gaza.

Hamas' attacks have been condemned by Lithuanian leaders and the parliament.

Lithuanian officials stress Israel's right to self-defense, while respecting international humanitarian law.