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Global protests against attack June 7, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Egypt, Israel, Turkey.
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Hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators wave Palestinian and Turkish flags as they march at the port city of Alexandria, Egypt, to protest against the Israeli attack. Photo: AP
Hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators wave Palestinian and Turkish flags as they march at the port city of Alexandria, Egypt, to protest against the Israeli attack.

DEMONSTRATORS in Melbourne yesterday joined worldwide protests against Israel’s deadly attack on ships ferrying protesters and aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

More than 1000 protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the city yesterday as they marched to Parliament Housechanting ”Free, free Palestine” and ”Shame, Israel, shame”.

Across the Tasman, hundreds of anti-Israel protesters hurled old shoes at the US consulate in Auckland on Saturday in an ”expression of outrage and anger” over clashes between Israeli armed forces and Gaza-bound aid workers.

// The demonstration called for sanctions against the Israeli government. Protests also took place in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The group took up shoe throwing to mimic an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at then-US President George W. Bush during a news conference in 2008.

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, calling for an end to Israel’s three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

About 20,000 protesters also vented their anger at Israel over its attack on the Gaza flotilla.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the main organiser of the protests, also staged demonstrations in Fayoum, south of Cairo, and in the northern Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish on Friday.

There were no reports of violence in Melbourne, but one protester let off a flare on Bourke Street that was quickly put out by a police officer on a bicycle.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign spokesman Mick Armstrong said many Australians had been angered by Monday’s Israeli commando raid that killed nine people on the aid ship Mavi Marmara.

”Given the scale of the atrocity carried out by the Israelis it was important to make a statement at this protest,” Mr Armstrong told The Sunday Age.

”We also want to draw attention to the ongoing siege of Gaza, the blockade going on there which is a symptom of the broader denial of the rights of the Palestinian people.”

Mr Armstrong said yester- day’s protest would put greater pressure on the federal government to push for Israel to have the blockade on Gaza lifted.

The protest followed reports in Britain’s Guardian newspaper that the nine people killed in the Israeli raid had been shot a total of 30 times.

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