Hundreds in Paris protest at Israeli raid
Up to 300 people called on Israel Thursday to lift its blockade of Gaza, in a peaceful march in Paris, as three more French nationals on board a Gaza-bound aid flotilla intercepted by Israel returned home.
A pick-up truck that was part of the march carried a banner reading "Free Palestine", followed by five fake coffins covered with a burial cloth, false blood and the inscriptions: "Victims of Israeli terrorism", "They died for us" and "They died for Freedom".
The three French nationals who returned to France three days after the Israeli commando assault on the six ships arrived in Paris late Thursday from Athens after they were deported by Israel.
One of the three men, Thomas Sommer Houdeville, said that during Monday's raid they had "not been shot at with real bullets but it was still brutal".
© 2010 AFP