Silent lantern walk in North Shields shows solidarity for Palestine on International Women’s Day

Written by on 11th March 2024

From ‘the Tyne to Palestine,’ a beacon of solidarity and compassion illuminated the shores of North Shields on International Women’s Day.

On the evening of March 8, 2024, the event, held at King Edward’s Bay, gathered a diverse group of individuals in a display of solidarity with Palestine. Participants, donned in black attire, carried lanterns and placards, forming a solemn procession that traversed the coastal area.

Their message was clear: to express support for the women and civilians affected by the ongoing conflicts in Gaza. Despite the biting cold and gusts of wind, the silent protest endured for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

The tranquil glow of tea lights, candles, torches, and headlamps illuminated the darkness, creating an atmosphere of serenity and reflection. The culmination of the walk saw participants gather to form a circular peace symbol, symbolising their unwavering commitment to peace and justice.

The significance of the event was underscored by the staggering toll of lives lost in Gaza, with over 30,000 Palestinian deaths since October 7th, the need for advocacy and awareness remains pressing.

The silent lantern walk served not only as a commemoration of International Women’s Day but also as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by women and civilians in conflict zones worldwide.

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