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Photos: Pro-Palestinian rallies in Boston continue to call for ceasefire in Gaza

Rallies in the Boston area last week drew large crowds calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to U.S. aid to Israel. 

Hundreds gathered outside the Ritz-Carlton for an emergency rally on Avery Street on Thursday, Nov. 9, as Vice President Kamala Harris was at the hotel to be a part of a discussion with members of Boston’s registered apprenticeship programs. 

Protesters marched around the hotel and were stopped by police at the corner of Washington Street and Boylston Street, where they continued to chant. 

In the same week, another rally took place in Copley Square on Sunday, Nov. 12, aiming to build momentum from the largest pro-Palestinian rally in U.S. history in Washington D.C. the previous weekend. 

After the rally concluded, the protesters were organized to march down Dartmouth Street and across the bridge to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Boston Police and Secret Service agents carry a protester by their arms and legs away from the outside of the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Downtown Boston on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • Protesters chant against Kamala Harris outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel during the vice president’s visit to Boston on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

  • A small group of pro-Israel counter-protesters holds signs in front of the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • A crowd of protesters gathers across the street from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Downtown Boston, where Vice President Kamala Harris is attending a fundraising campaign event on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • Protesters holding signs and Palestinian fags listen to a speaker across the street from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Downtown Boson on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

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  • Protesters marching around the Ritz-Carlton hotel are stopped by police at the corner of Boylston Street and Washington Street on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

  • Vice President Kamala Harris’s motorcade departs Downtown Boston on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)

  • Protesters gather outside the Boston Public Library on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Sofia Waldron for The Beacon)

  • A protester holds up a sign calling for a ceasefire at the rally on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Sofia Waldron for The Beacon)

  • A list of the names of those who have been killed, released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, is displayed at the rally on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Sofia Waldron for The Beacon)

  • Thousands march down Dartmouth Street and across the bridge to MIT after the rally in Copley Square. (Sofia Waldron for The Beacon)

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About the Contributors
Sofia Waldron, Reels Editor
Arthur Mansavage, Website Editor and Assistant Photo Editor
Arthur Mansavage (he/him) is a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana. He is majoring in Theatre/Design Technology with a minor in Journalism. He has been a staff photographer for the Beacon since November 2022 and is currently serving as the Assistant Photography Editor as well as most recently taking on the role of Website Editor. In February of 2024, he fully redesigned the Beacon's website layout to model the current industry standards. Mansavage is also a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and in November of 2023 received an NPPA Monthly News Clip award for his coverage of the protests during Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Boston. You can find more of his creative and journalistic works on his website here.
Ashlyn Wang, Photo Editor
Ashlyn Wang (she/her) is a journalism major with minors in economics and psychology at Emerson College. She currently serves as the photo editor for the Beacon. She spends most of her free time on photography and creative writing.

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