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Western Governments Ban Palestinian Solidarity Demonstrations

HeadlineOct 13, 2023

The French government has banned all rallies in response to the Israeli bombardment and total blockade of Gaza. On Thursday, police in Paris used tear gas and water cannons against pro-Palestine protesters who gathered despite the prohibition.

Ryan: “Unfortunately, we were not able to protest properly because the demonstration was banned, while those in favor of the Israeli cause were authorized. This is not normal under the rule of law.”

In the United Kingdom, activists have vowed to take legal action if officials ban the Palestinian flag. British Home Secretary Suella Braverman has urged police forces to use the “full force of the law” against protesters waving the Palestinian flag, which she said “may not be legitimate” if it’s found to be a sign in support of “terrorism.”

In Australia, human rights defenders are warning of the government’s escalating repression against actions in support of Palestine. New South Wales acting Police Commissioner Dave Hudson said officers won’t need a reasonable cause to search protesters who attend marches planned in Sydney this weekend.

Commissioner Dave Hudson: “I urge people considering entering the city on Sunday to reconsider. There are a number of peaceful alternatives for people to voice their opinion in relation to the conflict that’s currently going on in Israel and Gaza.”

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