Protesters occupy Israeli company in Melbourne

August 15, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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The Israeli-based Elbit company’s offices in Port Melbourne have been occupied by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

 

Demonstrators on the roof of the Elbit building  Photo: Twitter

Demonstrators on the roof of the Elbit building Photo: Twitter

Elbit-2The building’s gates were padlocked by the group using heavy D-locks normally used for bicycles. A group of protestors made their way to the flat roof of the building and are standing ay the front of it bearing banners.

SighnsPolice  formed a line outside the building in Ingles St, Port Melbourne, preventing further entry.

A police spokesperson told J-Wire: “Police are monitoring a very small protest”.

But an Elbit employee said: “No-one from the company is in the building. I am at a different location. We cannot access the other one”.

Police later removed seven protesters from the property. A police spokesperson told J-Wire: “The seven were arrested then released pending summons for trespassing.”

Nina Bassat, the president of The Jewish Community Council of Victoria said: “This accentuates the difference between the sides in this conflict. The Jews in our community pray for peace and the Palestinian supporters express aggressive behaviour.”

Elbit develop and manufacture military systems.

Photos on the pro-Palestinian WACA Twitter site show that the group entered the building very early this morning as it is still dark in the image.

 

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One Response to “Protesters occupy Israeli company in Melbourne”
  1. James Crafti says:

    “Nina Bassat, the president of The Jewish Community Council of Victoria said: “This accentuates the difference between the sides in this conflict. The Jews in our community pray for peace and the Palestinian supporters express aggressive behaviour.”

    Elbit develop and manufacture military systems.”

    Right… so protesters are the aggressive ones and they are just a peaceful arms corporation… such irony has not been seen since the scene in Dr. Strangelove where they said “shh… there will be no fighting in the war room.”

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