Gaza Solidarity in Austria: report of the first rally and plans for next actions

RKOB, Austrian section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 17.11.2012


The first rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza was a full success, despite the fact that it had to be organized in 24 hours. 400 demonstrators – most of them migrants from Arab countries and Turkey – gathered at the Stephansplatz in Vienna on Friday, 16 November 2012. In numerous chants demonstrators condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Johannes Wiener, spokesman for the Revolutionary Communist Organization for Liberation (RKOB, Austrian section of the RCIT), said in his speech that in this war we stand unambiguously on the side of the Palestinian resistance: "We stand for the victory of Gaza and for the defeat of Israel!"

Paula Abrams-Hourani, spokeswoman for the "Women in Black" and "critical Jewish voices" condemned the Israeli attack in strong terms.

A number of other speakers, including representatives of the Palestinian, Syrian and the Turkish community as well as the AIK and “Left turn” called for solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The rally was chaired by Michael Pröbsting (International Secretary of the RCIT). Pröbsting announced the next demonstration on Monday, 19th November.

On Saturday, 17 November, a RKOB public meeting will take place in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance where we will also discuss the next actions.

The demonstrations was reported in several bourgeois papers including the widest read newspaper in Vienna, “HEUTE”, which is a free tabloid,,826047)


Pictures and videos of the rally can be viewed on the RKOB website respective our YouTube Channel