February 21, 2024
Vandalism found near West Hartford rally for Gaza ceasefire

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Demonstrators converged Sunday on West Hartford City Hall to call for a ceasefire in Gaza and for a free Palestine.

“We’re out here to protest, and to stand up for the Palestinian people,” said Fahd Syed, the vice chair of the Waterbury Human Rights Commission. “They’re oppressed people.”

The group protested for Israel’s attacks on Gaza to end, and for the U.S. government to stop funding and support for Israel.

Syed said he’s never felt more discriminated than when he was at an airport in Israel.

“I was out there,” he said. “I seen what it was.”

Later, West Hartford police announced that some protestors had posted signs outside of a business on LaSalle Road, and that the building had been vandalized with red paint. Officers have not elaborated on how much damage was done, or what the signs said. No arrests have been made.

News 8 has reached out to the event’s organizers for comment.

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