Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters march through Auckland's CBD, stick 'wanted' photos to US consulate

Thousands of protesters marched down Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday in support of Palestinians in Gaza. 

They also stuck pictures of Palestinians on the doors of the United States consulate, who they say have been killed in the war. 

It comes a day after a United Nations resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza was vetoed by the United States. 

It might be two months since the outbreak of the Gaza war, but organisers of Sunday's march say the need to protest is as pressing as ever. 

"I am from Gaza, so I have some uncles and cousins who still live there and it's been difficult. Sometimes I can't even reach them," Palestinian protester Heba Mortaja told Newshub. 

One of Mortaja's uncles just got out, but she feels survivor's guilt here in New Zealand while the threat of starvation in her homeland grows. 

"A lot of people have been struggling to find food, lining up to get bread," Mortaja said. "Sometimes you can't even get that." 

But the Israeli government insists it has no alternative but to press harder against the Hamas fighters responsible for the terror that began with the October 7 massacre in Israel.  

Palestinian protestor Heba Mortaja spoke with Newshub.
Palestinian protestor Heba Mortaja spoke with Newshub. Photo credit: Newshub

It comes as our MPs views begin to diverge more with Labour's Damien O'Connor saying what's happened in Gaza amounts to genocide. 

However, at the same time, the new coalition Government is saying that there should be various conditions to be met before they call for a permanent ceasefire.

"I see it as a genocide and I think the New Zealand Government hasn't really taken a strong stance of calling for a permanent ceasefire. That's all we're asking," Mortaja added. 

But perhaps Greens co-leader Marama Davidson has faith the new Foreign Minister will take a stand. 

"We are lending you support Mr Peters to be the strongest Foreign Affairs Minister that you can possibly be at this time when the world needs you to be," Davidson told Newshub. 

The protesters marched to the US consulate where some taped "wanted" posters with pictures of people they say the Israeli forces have killed. 

"We're showing the world Israel's crime and murders and how many children and innocent people they have murdered," one woman said. 

A senior police officer at the scene tried to stop people from putting the posters on the door, but they refused. Minutes later the march continued peacefully back up Queen Street. 

Organisers insist these demonstrations will continue for as long as it takes to bring an end to the war.