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Hundreds of demonstrators march in support of Palestine

Hunderds of pro-Palestine demonstrators marched through downtown Tuesday afternoon.
Cassie Aylward

A group of hundreds of pro-Palestine demonstrators marched through downtown Ottawa Tuesday, taking their protest from the Prime Minister's office to the Israeli Embassy before taking their protest to both the federal NDP and Liberal headquarters.

The demonstrators carried pieces of papers with the names of fallen Palestinians printed on them and chanted in protest of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's support of Israel.  The protestors also rallied in front of Liberal and NDP headquarters.

Pro-Palestine protesters clashed with a small group of about a dozen counter-protesters on the corner of Wellington and Metcalfe where police had to separate the two sides.  Despite the early clashes, police say the rally was largely peaceful and resulted in no arrests on either side.

Pro-Israel protesters declined an opportunity to be interviewed citing safety concerns.

Ottawa Police confirmed a request for a permit for a similar pro-Israel rally to take place at the same time was declined, adding that the Palestinian group submitted their request first. Police say they'll approve a permit for a rally at a different time.

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