50,000 protesters swarm Sydney CBD

50,000 protesters swarm Sydney CBD
50,000 protesters swarm Sydney CBD

Organisers estimated about 50,000 folks flooded Sydney’s CBD, as an iconic landmark was flooded with the purple, inexperienced, black and white of the Palestinian flag. Image: NCA NewsWire/ Dylan Robinson

Tens of 1000’s of pro-Palestine protesters flooded Sydney’s Hyde Park calling for a ceasefire within the Gaza Strip and condemning the Israeli authorities’s occupation of Gaza.

Organisers claimed greater than 50,000 folks gathered in Sydney’s CBD at 1pm for a rally earlier than attendees marched by way of the encompassing streets and returned to Hyde Park.

For the fifth consecutive week, protesters waved the purple, inexperienced, white and black flag of Palestine, with a number of sporting the kyfiya scarf in solidarity.

Chants of: “from the river to the ocean, Palestine will probably be free,” and “Gaza, Gaza, don’t you cry, Palestine won’t ever die,” had been shouted by marchers.

About 50,000 protesters gathered at Sydney’s Hyde Park for the rally. Image: NCA NewsWire/ Dylan Robinson

Attendees stood in solidarity with Palestine and known as on a ceasefire. Image: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Robinson

Speeches from organisers known as for a ceasefire and extra motion from the Australian authorities.

“I’ve a message for Anthony Albanese and I’ve a message for the Labor authorities: ‘What does Israel should do to earn condemnation,’” mentioned one speaker.

“You go searching right here at present, there should not simply Muslims at present, there are Muslims, there are Christians, there are Jews from Palestine. Each single particular person has come right here at present in pursuit of justice.”

Earlier at present International Minister Penny Wong reiterated requires Hamas to launch Israeli hostages, nevertheless mentioned the response couldn’t be “one-sided” and mentioned a ceasefire settlement wanted to be reached.

“We do name on Israel to stop the attacking of hospitals,” she mentioned.

“We perceive the argument that Hamas is burrowed into civilian infrastructure, however … I feel the worldwide neighborhood, what is happening in hospitals, would say to Israel: ‘These are amenities protected underneath worldwide legislation and we wish you to take action.’”

NSW Police held a extremely seen presence on Sunday afternoon at each Hyde Park and in Moore Park, the place a pro-Israel ‘Set Them Free’ rally was held on the similar time.

Each occasions had been attended by officers from Visitors and Freeway Patrol Command, and Operation Shelter.

Attendees marched across the CBD following the speeches. Image: NCA NewsWire/ Dylan Robinson

The CBD landmark was flooded with the colors of the Palestinian flag. Image: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Robinson

In an announcement, police mentioned: “The NSW Police Drive recognises and helps the rights of people and teams to train their rights of free speech and peaceable meeting, nevertheless, the primary precedence for NSW Police is all the time the protection and safety of the broader neighborhood”.

On Sunday, NSW Premier Chris Minns mentioned elevated police presence for a significant protests costed “in extra of one million {dollars},” nevertheless mentioned there have been “good discussions” between main protest teams, just like the Palestine Motion Group and police.

“In latest weeks, there’s been good conversations between police and these teams, which have saved these protests civil (and) they’re going to should proceed to be as a result of it’s our duty to maintain the neighborhood secure,” he mentioned.

Mr Minns mentioned whereas he believed “elevated and heightened protests” had been prone to proceed within the subsequent few months, he implored teams to comply with the foundations.

“Protest is allowed in NSW but it surely must be completed in keeping with the legislation … You may’t permit hate speech in NSW, you possibly can’t use it as a platform for racial vilification or incitement to violence, and the police have proven they may cost individuals who breach these guidelines,” he mentioned.



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