Massive global turnout for International Quds Day
As well as representing the Palestinian cause, Quds Day is also considered a day for all oppressed peoples around the world
By News Desk - April 30 2022

International Quds Day rally in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 29 April 2022. (Photo credit: Fars News Agency)

People across the world have flocked to attend various demonstrations and seminars marking the annual International Quds Day in their cities and locales.

International Quds Day was established in 1979 by the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Khomeini, as a global call for the end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Khomeini also described Quds Day as a day for all the oppressed peoples of the world.

Rallies swept across various Iranian cities, both large and small.

Representatives of Palestinian resistance organizations in Iran hosted their own events with senior Iranian military officials present, including IRGC General Hossein Salami.

In Lebanon, a massive event was held in Beirut’s southern suburbs where a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was broadcast live.

Hezbollah supporters wave flags on Quds day in Beirut on 29 April 2022. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Hezbollah members hold a replica of the Dome of the Rock mosque as they march during a rally to mark Quds day, in Beirut, Lebanon, 29 April 2022. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Despite a humanitarian crisis created by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, Yemenis flocked to the streets in vast numbers.

Bahrainis also took to the streets to honor the holiday. Their demonstrations occurred at odd hours of the day in order to avoid confrontation with security forces.

Exiled Bahraini spiritual leader Ayatollah Isa Qassem addressed the Bahraini people from the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he condemned the normalization of ties between Bahrain and Israel.

Outside of West Asia, massive demonstrations in Kashmir took place despite heavy restrictions by Indian authorities.

Rallies also took place in the heart of South Africa, where people relate the struggle of Palestinians to their own struggle under apartheid.

In London, hundreds marched over the previous weekend to accommodate those who work on Fridays.

Rallies also took place in various cities across the US.

Israeli forces have intensified their violent crackdown on both Muslim and Christian worshippers in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem) during the holy occasions of Ramadan and Easter.

In response to these Israeli escalations, the Palestinian resistance factions have launched several retaliatory strikes from Gaza and have promised to turn it into a regional war if Al-Aqsa Mosque is endangered.

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