Around 500 people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds gathered in Churchill Square to listen to speakers, singers, and poets. The rally also included chanting and a march around the downtown area.
The rally in particular called for the Canadian government to stop supporting the government of Israel without question in its military actions against Gaza, and encouraged people to lobby their local politicians in person to effect change to Canada's foreign policy in this regard. There was also an emphasis on the number of Palestinian casualties, particularly the large proportion of people under the age of 22.
The event concluded with a "die-in." At the sound of an alarm, participants fell to the ground holding sheets with the names and ages of victims who have died in Gaza, especially ones who were children. The most recent estimates of the Palestinian death toll is around 1390 since the Israeli military offensive began four weeks ago. In addition, around 7000 Palestinians are estimated to have been wounded. On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have died, and 400 Israelis wounded.
Police were present at the event, which remained peaceful. All of the rallies thus far in Edmonton have attracted a large number of participants, and more actions are planned while the Israeli military offensive continues.
Similar rallies have also been held on a regular basis around the world. This rally was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Network