Heavy Victoria Police presence to monitor pro-Palestine rally

Victoria Police will have a heavy presence at a pro-Palestine rally set to kick off outside Melbourne’s State Library this evening with police urging protesters to be “peaceful”.  

The “freedom for Palestine” rally is being organised by the Melbourne-based group Free Palestine Melbourne with hundreds set to attend the demonstrations at 6pm on Tuesday.

In a widely-shared Facebook event, rally organisers wrote that it was time to “mobilise” and said the Hamas terrorists had “humiliated the Israeli regime”.

“After decades of intensifying oppression, displacement and ethnic cleansing, Palestinians have once again shown that they will continue to resist their oppressor,” the group wrote, in reference to the Hamas terror attacks which have killed over 700 Israeli civilians.

“They have broken down the walls that keep them locked in Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison, and humiliated the Israeli regime.

“In response, Israel has declared war on Gaza, and has imposed a total blockade, including food, electricity and fuel. We have to mobilise to show our support for Palestine.”

Ahead of the event, Victoria Police said it was “aware” of the protest and reassured the public there will be a heavy police presence to “ensure safety” for Melbournians.

“Victoria Police is aware of protest activity outside the State Library tonight,” a spokesperson told SkyNews.com.au in a statement.

(Sky News)

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