The Victoria police have viciously attacked a peaceful pro-Palestine demonstration in Melbourne's CBD on Friday July 1st. In the largest political arrest in a decade, nineteen protesters were arrested during the action against Israeli-owned Max Brenner store.
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The chocolateria in the Queen Victoria Shopping Centre is owned by the Israeli conglomerate 'Strauss group'; a company that provides "care rations" for one of the most brutal sections of the Israeli military, the Golani brigades. The protest occurred as part of the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the apartheid Israeli state.
The peaceful picket with over 100 protesters was 'kettled' before leading activists were individually targeted, in what seems to be a new tactic from Ballieu's riot squad according to the following Youtube report.
Commentary and video Uploaded to youtube by MrBum37 on Jul 1, 2011
Video uploaded to youtube by IjenoTakirin on July 2, 2011
Photo courtesy of Socialist Alternative