Pro-Palestinian Italian activists continue to protest against the decision to start the Giro d’Italia race from Jerusalem, accusing the organizers of ‘sport-washing’ Israeli violations and occupation.
As the Giro d’Italia started in Jerusalem last Friday, Israeli forces were firing live ammunition at Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border, wounding hundreds.
More than 50 Palestinians have been killed and thousands have been injured since March 30, including 21-year-old cyclist Alaa Al-Daly, whose leg was amputated after being shot by Israeli snipers, ending his cycling career.
Meanwhile, Palestinians in the West Bank gathered in Ramallah and headed to Jerusalem to protest the competition and the occupation. The march was stopped at the Qalandia Checkpoint, an Israeli military base between Qalandia and Jerusalem.
Today, pro-Palestinian Italian activists took their protest to the fourth stage of the famous cycling race, which started in Catania, Sicily.
The protesters demonstrated at the starting line before Italian police confronted them using violent means.
Source: Palestine Chronicle