They also shrieked their indignation against federal parliamentarian Michael Danby's support of Max Brenner http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2011/07/prejudiced-fanatics-who-should-look.html
Whether they recognised themselves in Danby's apt characterisation of those who support boycotts against Israel as "fascists" (see the following video) is unrecorded.
This time, unlike the last, when three police officers were injured, there were no arrests, but there was a heavy police presence, including several mounted officers.
An eye-witness, Michael Burd, told the antipodean J-Wire service:
"My estimate of numbers is between 300-400 protesters and 80-100 police involved between the State Library and the two Max Brenner outlets.
The bulk of protesters displayed banners and balloons and distributed propaganda. Protesting were Socialists, Muslim Arab community members including Palestinians, Sudanese, Somalis, Ethiopians and a group of multicultural activists.
Some of the speakers had been arrested a few weeks ago at the first Max Brenner protest and were out on bail. Some said they were quite proud that they had been in jail and brazenly told reporters how badly they had been treated by the police and how they were being silenced by the Zionists. One of the main instigators, James Crafti, a radical anti- Zionist Jew who works very closely with the Palestinian activists told the audience how evil Israel and Zionism were....
The protest started outside the Victorian State Library at 5 pm in a party atmosphere complete with balloons in Palestinian colours and speeches from the organisers. Maritime Union secretary Kevin Bracken, Sarah Harris, Students for Palestine, James Crafti, and South African activists who compared Israel with apartheid South Africa. Muslim singers and entertainers also spoke about the evil Israelis....
Some of the Pamphlets and posters read "Max Brenner proudly supports the Displacement Torture and genocide of Palestinians".
After about one hour at the Library the protesters marched to the first Max Brenner store where police were waiting. They spent around 30 minutes chanting their slogans before leaving for the second Max Brenner store around the corner where they did the same thing. This caused major disruption to both Melbourne Central and Q[ueen]V[ictoria] shopping centres.
Police handed out pamphlets which warning that would arrest troublemakers. Their pamphlet was titled Boycott Apartheid Israel Rally.
There were no violent incidents
The good news was both Max Brenner stores were full of customers and remained very busy regardless.'More good news is that in Sydney recently a number of well-known Aussies, including columnist Gerard Henderson, comedian Austen Tayshus, and broadcaster Jana Wendt, joined Michael Danby and members of the Jewish community at Max Brenner to enjoy hot chocolate and show support. Referring to the protest against Max Brenner, Warren Mundine, an Indigenous Australian and formerly president of the Australian Labor Party, described the BDS movement as "anti-Jewish," and trade union official Paul Howes observed:
"The violence outside the Melbourne outlet earlier this month shocked me. The violence I witnessed in our media after the anti-Israel BDS mob targeted a Jewish-owned business was far too reminiscent of Hitler-era mobs targeting Jewish businesses in Berlin.... There is simply no excuse for the Extremist Far Left seemingly mimicking the behaviour of the Nazi thugs...."For an earlier pro-Israel speech by Howes see http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2010/10/australian-trade-union-chief-speaks-up.html
Hat tips: J-Wire and reader Shirlee
Update: For even more of that demo: http://daphneanson.blogspot.com/2011/08/ugly-hate-filled-demo-against-israel-in.html