Pro-Palestinian protesters attempt to disrupt New Year’s Eve festivities in New York City and Boston.


Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets in American cities including New York and Boston on Sunday as revelers celebrated New Year’s Eve.

A large group of protesters gathered at Columbus Circle in New York City before marching down Central Park South and Fifth Avenue as they called for a ceasefire in the ongoing war in the Middle East between Israeli forces and terrorists from Hamas, WCBS-TV reported.

Protesters in New York City were seen carrying Palestinian flags and chanting: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

The protests came after New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he had ordered police to increase security for New Year’s Eve in Times Square amid near-daily protests in the city.

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Protesters in New York City were seen carrying Palestinian flags and chanting: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Pro-Palestinian groups had expressed plans to protest in Times Square against Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip.

At least one protester at Macy’s in Herald Square reportedly detonated a bright red smoke bomb and surrounded the store before being escorted out.

The group Shut it Down for Palestine appeared to be involved in at least some of the protests in New York City. The protests were part of the group’s demand for “an international call to action” during New Year’s celebrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

“We must continue to build momentum and increase pressure with more marches, strikes, sit-ins and other forms of direct action targeting political offices, companies and workplaces that finance, invest in and collaborate with the Israeli genocide and occupation,” he wrote. the group on its website.

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Pro-Palestinian protest in New York City

Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of New York City on Sunday as New Year’s Eve revelers prepared to ring in the new year. (Getty)

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Several protesters were seen at Columbus Circle in Manhattan chanting pro-Houthi statements.

In Boston, pro-Palestinian protesters participated in chants that included “ceasefire or genocide” and “we demand a ceasefire.” Protesters in Boston were seen waving Palestinian flags during chants.

Many other cities across the country also beefed up security on New Year’s Eve. Some cities, including Chicago and Sacramento, were forced to close roads in response to the demonstrations.

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