Australians keep mobilising for Palestine, against Israel's genocide

January 8, 2024
Sitting down in the Gadi/Sydney CBD on January 6. Photo: Peter Boyle

The movement for Palestine is maintaining its pressure on the Australian Labor Party government to abandon its support for Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.


Protesting in Gadi/Sydney. Photo: Peter Boyle

Over January 6-7, around the country, tens of thousands of people again took to the streets demanding a permanent ceasefire and condemning the US government for giving political cover to the genocide.

Up to 8000 people took to the streets, including staging a sit-down, in the 12th consecutive mass protest in Gadi/Sydney.

From the stage, the crowd heard from Palestinian and Lebanese activists, including Ophelia Haragli, as well as journalist Wendy Bacon, who spoke about the silencing of Palestinian voices and the truth in the mainstream media. Israel has killed 108 Palestinian journalists in 92 days.

South Coast Trades and Labour Council Secretary Arthur Rorris also spoke, reports Peter Boyle.


In Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide/ Photo: Renfrey Clarke

Greens Senator Barbara Pocock, Mike Khizam, Australian Friends of Palestine Association representative, Jamie Newlyn, Assistant National Secretary of the Maritime Union and Palestinian spokespeople addressed the protest in Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide on January 7 outside South Australia’s Parliament House, reports Renfrey Clarke.

Despite the wet weather, thousands still turned out in Naarm/Melbourne to demand action. Jacob Andrewartha reports that the rally marched from the State Library to the Victoria Barracks. It was the first to go there since the protest movement against the Iraq War in early 2000s. Protesters demanded that Labor halt all arm sales and cooperation with the Israeli Defense Forces.


Naarm/Melbourne. Photo: Rachel Evans

A lively protest in Ngunnawal/Canberra on January 6 drew many Palestine supporters.


Ngunnawal/Canberra. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

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