A few photos from the rally and march held in Melbourne in support of the people of Gaza – more pics and video from Takver on http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/story/cartoonist-blasts-rudd-government-over-gaza (follow the links). The Age carried a report from Andra Jackson: http://www.theage.com.au/national/thousands-march-in-melbourne-against-gaza-war-20090118-7jyx.html
Speakers at the State Library and subsequently at Parliament House included Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and former Democrats leader Lyn Allison, as well as well-known cartoonist Michael Leunig (video on YouTube: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie48aEBOa3g). Sheik Fehmi Naji El_Imam, Grand Mufti of Australia/New Zealand, was to have spoken, but was too unwell to attend, and his address was read to the crowd.
After initial speeches at the State Library the rally set off for Parliament House, making a detour on the way to protest outside the Egyptian consulate, condemning what speakers described as that government’s complicity in Israel’s actions. At Parliament House there were further speakers, and a number of flags were burned.
Some of the placards and banners at the rally:
Some photos taken on the march:
At Parliament House: