Hundreds of protestors were arrested post a “sit-in” on the main concourse of New York’s Grand Central Station, one of the city’s major transport hubs, demanding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
The protestors were wearing black t-shirts which read “Ceasefire now” and “Not in our name” as they demanded freedom for Palestine and called to end bombardment of Gaza.
“No more weapons. No more war. Ceasefire is what we’re fighting for,” they chanted during their protest.
There were also banners, which were hung from the concourse’s sweeping staircase and across departure board. One of those read, “Mourn the dead, and fight like hell for living.”
The New York Police Department stated that it has arrested about 250 protestors at the rally, which led to closure of the station temporarily.
Meanwhile, the anti-war group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which organised the demonstration, claimed that over 300 were arrested.
Pictures and videos have been surfacing online, which features policeman alongside the protestors, whose hands have been tied behind their back.
JVP stated that over thousand people participated in what it described as an “emergency sit-in.”
⚠️ HAPPENING NOW AT NYC'S GRAND CENTRAL STATION: THOUSANDS OF JEWS AND ALLIES HOLD AN EMERGENCY SIT-IN, DEMANDING A CEASEFIRE IN GAZA. WE'RE TAKING OVER THE GRAND CONCOURSE. WE'RE REFUSING TO ALLOW A GENOCIDE BE CARRIED OUT IN OUR NAMES. CEASEFIRE NOW! NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE! ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/gyD3bqp4mJ
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) October 27, 2023