People hold candles and banners calling for an end to the violence in Gaza during a vigil at a park in Tokyo on July 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Protesters have taken to the streets across the world – in silent vigils and noisy demonstrations – to demand an end to Israel's bloody campaign in Gaza.Some 500 people staged a silent protest in Tokyo Monday against the bloodshed in Gaza, the biggest such gathering in the Japanese capital since the violence began early this month, organizers said.As night fell demonstrators holding candles formed huge letters spelling "Gaza" in a city park, and offered a one-minute prayer for victims of the violence.Hundreds staged a "die-in" by gathering around the scattered bodies of protesters, who lay on the ground to represent the bodies of Palestinians killed.Similar rallies took place in the Cypriot capital Monday, where several hundred protesters called halt to military action in Gaza during a peaceful rally near the Israeli Embassy.Some protesters burned a hand-painted Israeli flag.The rally had been banned amid concern the Jewish community would be targeted after protesters last weekend tried to storm two synagogues in Paris.In Latin American countries with sizable Palestinian immigrant population the protests were among the largest.
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