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In a press release sent Monday morning, the organizers of the demonstration said they wanted to denounce “the support of the Saskatchewan government for Israel”.


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More than a hundred demonstrators demanding a cease-fire fire between Israel and Hamas broke into the Saskatchewan Legislative Building on Monday.

The Legislative Assembly had to be suspended due to the cries of the demonstrators who had settled in the stands open to the public.

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Security officers had to be called in to remove protesters from the Legislative Assembly.

After being evacuated, the demonstrators headed towards the security guards' office to collect their identity cards which they had had to submit for enter the Legislative Building. Meanwhile, the demonstration continued inside the building.

We came here to see what the government is talking about [at the Legislative Assembly], explains Mohammad Abushar, one of the protesters. And it's really sad: [MPs] are talking about superficial stuff while people are suffering and dying in Palestine.

These people don't talk about it at all! It's as if it doesn't exist!

A quote from Mohammad Abushar, protester

Mohamad Abushar would like the Saskatchewan government to pass a motion calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. According to him, such a political gesture on the part of the provinces would put pressure on the federal government so that Ottawa in turn requests a ceasefire.

According to the organizers, more than 300 people took part in the protests.

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Some of the demonstrators carried Palestinian flags.

Once the demonstrators had been evacuated, the leader of the opposition, Carla Beck, was searching for words to describe the events that had just occurred.

I understand Emotions run high, but interrupting the Legislature is not common, she acknowledged during a press scrum.

The leader of the New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan reiterated her party's call for the release of all hostages and the establishment of a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach the population of Gaza.

The Saskatchewan government, for its part, declined to comment on the protests.

In a press release sent Monday morning, the organizers of the demonstration said they wanted to denounce the Saskatchewan government's support for Israel.

Scott Moe has given his unconditional support to Israel, but residents of this province do not support the bombing of hospitals and schools, organizers write.

With information from Raphaële Frigon

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