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Pro-Palestine protests aiming for ‘choke points’ in Aussie cities

Protests are planned in multiple major Australian cities and around the world on Monday, with pro-Palestine activists aiming to disrupt the economy.

Groups behind the international group “A15 Action” have called for people to join the day’s planned protests on their website.

“Join participating cities in blocking the arteries of capitalism and jamming the wheels of production,” the site reads.

A series of pro-Palestine protests are planned for Australian cities on Monday. (Edwina Pickles)

“The proposal states that in each city, we will identify and blockade major choke points in the economy, focusing on points of production and circulation with the aim of causing the most economic impact, as did the port shutdowns in recent months in Oakland, California and Melbourne, Australia, as just a few examples.”

In a list of global participating cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, “Adelaine” (sic), Hobart, Darwin, and Canberra were all listed, alongside other centres such as Geelong, Alice Springs, and Castlemaine.

Nine newspapers reported law enforcement and activist sources said protest locations could include ports, train stations, major roads and business offices.
Al-Shifa Hospital, in northern Gaza
Tens of thousands have been killed in Gaza. (Mohammed Hajjar / AP via CNN)

In Victoria, The Age reported, police will activate the State Police Operations Centre, last in use during the anti-lockdown protests in 2021.

Officers, including mounted police and the public order response team, will be out in force on the day, while police in suburban stations will be re-deployed to central Melbourne.

Protests, including those targeting Israel-linked shipping, have periodically erupted in Australia since Israel’s invasion of Gaza following the October 7 attacks last year.

Hamas militants killed about 1200 people and kidnapped hundreds of hostages during the bloody surprise attacks.

Israel’s reprisal, with the stated goal of eliminating Hamas, has so far killed over 33,000 Palestinians, according to to Gaza’s health authorities, with unrelenting missile attacks as well as ground deployment.

The UN and the international community have repeatedly urged Israel to avoid civilian casualties, and warned that Gaza stands on the edge of famine.

More than 100 Palestinian militants left Nir Oz with some 80 of its roughly 400 residents.

Eight weeks on, Israelis bring new focus to hostages taken from Nir Oz

“We’ve rallied, there’s been petitions, social-media campaigns, we’ve written letters – but it’s been six months and the situation is worse than ever,” one Australia-based activist, Nathalie, told The Age.

“Because the government is not listening, they need to get the message where it hurts, which is in their pockets. There needs to be disruption to the economy.”

But Anti Defamation Commission chair Dr Dvir Abramovich condemned the protesters, who he claimed would turn cities into “battlefields”.

“The monster of antisemitism and anti-Israel has been unleashed, and this is the terrifying new world of hatred and targeting of Jews that we now live in,” he said.

“We are now facing a tsunami of harassment, physical violence and targeting that is a real threat to our life as Jews here.”

He called for any offenders to be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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