15,000 join Schalit family march

'Freedom March' heads to PM's house in Caesarea.

July 2, 2010 10:17
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Noam and Aviva Schalit march near their home in Mi

noam aviva schalit march 311 AP. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The Gilad Schalit "Freedom March," demanding the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, headed into its sixth day on Friday, as participants continued their journey towards Jerusalem.

In an interview with Channel 2 News, Aviva Schalit expressed her surprise at the amount of people participating in the march. "We are walking at the front and we cannot see an end to the followers behind us," she commented in the interview. "The amount of people participating is above and beyond what we expected for," added Aviva. "I understand the considerations of the Prime Minister, but the security apparatus can handle a rescue from an area with terrorists."

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Marchers left from Kibbutz Ma'abrot to Shefayyim through Netanya and in the evening plan on reaching Caesarea, where they will bring in the Shabbat next to the Prime Minister's private residence. As a result, Route 4 closed in the southern direction by police.

Thousands of people have joined the Schalit family in the demonstration, and the numbers of participants continued to rise after five days of marching.

On Wednesday evening, singer Eyal Golan and 2,000 other participants joined the march as they reached Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael. As the march continued to Hadera on Thursday, an additional 600 supporters joined the demonstration, bringing the Friday estimated total to over 15,000 participants.

Schalit family members and organizers of the "Freedom March" praised those in the country who have supported their efforts in bringing Gilad home. As the trek reaches the center of the country, organizers are asking the public for further support, requesting mass amounts of people to join in order to transmit a clear message to decision makers and support the Schalit family in their effort.

There will be no marching on Saturday, instead, a stop is planned at Ra'anana park.

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