[Marxism] Melbourne: Dawn raid arrests Palestine solidarity activists

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 18:56:30 MDT 2011


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*Dawn raids see pro-Palestine activists arrested*

*Police demand activists be held in custody for weeks*

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Raids carried out at dawn this morning by police have seen several
pro-Palestine activists arrested, in the most severe crack-down on civil
liberties in decades. The activists are being targeted because of their
involvement in protests against chocolate shop Max Brenner, a chain store
with strong ties to the Israeli military. The protests are part of the
worldwide Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which aims to draw
attention to the ongoing genocide committed by the Apartheid regime in
Israel against Palestinians.

Campaign organiser Omar Hassan:

*“This crack-down on the right to protest should be of concern to all
Victorians. The lengths to which the Baillieu government is going to
eradicate criticism of Israeli Apartheid and crimin**ali**se dissent are
unprecedented. We need to be clearly saying; demonstrating is not a crime.
Taking action in support of **Palestine** is not a crime.”*

The activists were arrested for breaching bail conditions imposed following
arrests at a previous pro-Palestine protest at Max Brenner. The bail
conditions, which prohibit arrestees going within 50 metres of a Max Brenner
shop, are themselves a serious curtailment on the right to protest.  The
arrestees have been told they will be held until September the 5th.

As Hassan points out:

*“Actions taken against South African businesses by anti-Apartheid protests
were important in generating opposition to that racist regime. To outlaw
similar actions today can only be motivated by a desire to protect the
reputation of **Israel**, and represent an unacceptable attack on our right
to express dissent and show solidarity with oppressed people around the

For more information about the arrests and on-going BDS campaign, contact:

Omar Hassan: 0421185037

Louise O’Shea: 0420819419

Or go to http://boycottisrael19.wordpress.com/

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original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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