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Demonstrators expressed solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza during a speech by the American president, who is running for a second term.
Published on January 23, 2024 11:58 p.m
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Pro-Palestinian protesters with signs during a speech by Joe Biden on January 23, 2024 in Manassas, Virginia (USA). (ANNA MONEYMAKER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
A confused speech. United States President Joe Biden, who is seeking a second term, was interrupted several times on Tuesday, January 23, by protesters shouting solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. “It will take a while. “They planned everything,” reacted the 81-year-old Democrat. He stopped speaking several times while his supporters in the audience chanted “Four more years!” or “Come on, Joe!” to drown out the voices of the protesters.
This demonstration takes place in the middle of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The war was triggered by Hamas's unprecedented attack on Israeli soil on October 7th. In return, Israel vowed to “destroy” Hamas, which has been in power in Gaza since 2007, and launched a major military operation in the Gaza Strip. “Demonstrators call him 'Genocide Joe' and demand a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas,” American journalists reported on the scene. One of them added that several of them were evacuated.
Protesters continue to interrupt President Biden during his speech, calling him “genocide Joe” and calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. At least five were escorted out – Biden supporters chanted at protesters, shouting “Let's go, Joe!” pic.twitter.com/p2s2Kdy1Hu
— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) January 23, 2024
For the third time, Biden's campaign speeches were interrupted by protesters. The first gentleman initially shouted “Genocide Joe.” The second person said something about Israel. Next person, Gaza.
And in the time it took me to write this tweet, there were two more interruptions pic.twitter.com/xHk3FRvYKW
– MJ Lee (@mj_lee) January 23, 2024
The outgoing president gave a campaign speech dedicated to abortion rights. Before the demonstrators intervened, he accused his rival Donald Trump and the Republicans of wanting to further restrict access to voluntary abortions in the US “at any cost”.
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