People of West Sumatra hold rally in solidarity with Palestine
Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA) – Dozens of mass organizations united in the West Sumatra Communication Forum Cares for Palestine staged a rally in support of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation, here on Sunday.
Departing from the Great Mosque of West Sumatra, the Long Walk and Flashmob took place along Khatib Sulaiman Street to Sudirman Padang Street and was officially initiated by the Governor of West Sumatra Mahyeldi.
Mahyeldi in his remarks said that the Israeli army’s attack on the Palestinian people was a human rights violation (HAM) that must be opposed.
“Therefore, we are here today to defend Palestine. It is the struggle for the independence of Palestine and the struggle for the basic rights of the Palestinian people,” he said.
He urged the Indonesian Government to engage international support to defend the interests of the Palestinian people in securing their rights.
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“We support the position of the Indonesian government to take more concrete actions, including calling on international institutions to impose sanctions on Israel,” he said.
Indonesia and Palestine maintain close relations as Palestine was one of the first countries to support and recognize independence from Indonesia.
The president of the Indonesian Dai Association (IKADI) for the West Sumatra region, Urwatul Wusqa, told the rally that what happened in Palestine and at the Al Aqsa Mosque was not just a problem for Palestinians, but also a problem for Muslims.
“We want to promote an understanding within the community that what happened there is also our concern,” he said.
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