Protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and freedom for Palestinians have rallied in the Melbourne CBD for the 15th week in a row as other demonstrators blocked an Israeli ship from a city dock.
Victoria Police said about 4,000 people attended the rally, which started at the State Library of Victoria before moving through the streets of Melbourne towards Parliament House.
The event had been billed as a rally to protest the sacking of journalist Antoinette Lattouf by the ABC. The crowd chanted “shame” as she was mentioned once, however speakers focused largely on the thousands of people killed in Gaza and an ongoing blockade at the Port of Melbourne.
The Gaza Health Ministry said the death toll had reached nearly 25,000 since the Hamas attacks in Israel on October 7.
A revised Israeli death toll for those terror attacks is 1,139.
Australia Palestine Advocacy Network president Nasser Mashni said the months of consecutive peaceful protests appeared to have “fallen on deaf ears” as the siege in Gaza continued, and said it was “time to…