Protesters supporting Palestine interrupt San Antonio City Council meeting

Mayor Ron Nirenberg motioned the meeting into recess shortly after it began after being drowned out by the chants of protesters.

SAN ANTONIO — A group of protesters expressing support for Palestine prompted a recess of Thursday’s San Antonio City Council meeting.

The protesters can be heard in a livestream of the meeting chanting “cease fire now” right after the city council members and meeting attendees recited the pledge of allegiance.

In the video, Mayor Ron Nirenberg starts to speak after the pledge, but is quickly drowned out by the protesters. 

“Alright folks, at 9:19 a.m., I am recessing the meeting,” Nirenberg said.

Last month, District 5 City Councilwoman Teri Castillo said the protesters have been coming to council meetings for months to call for the City of San Antonio to issue a proclamation in support of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. 

“We filed a memo calling for a special meeting to discuss and take action on a resolution ‘calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and return of all hostages immediately.'” Castillo said in a Dec. 20 Facebook post. In the post, she thanked fellow council members Jalen McKee-Rodriguez and Manny Palaez for their support.

On Thursday, the city council was expected to take up the issue of the memo. There was no word yet on when Thursday’s meeting would resume.

See the video of Mayor Nirenberg recessing the meeting below:

Pro-Palestine protesters interrupted Thursday's San Antonio City Council meeting.

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