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57 Anti-Israel Protesters Arrested at South Africa Store

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A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5, 2010. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

BusinessReport – A TOTAL of 57 people who had protested in a Woolworths store in Killarney Mall were arrested on Saturday, Johannesburg police said. The group was charged with public disturbance, said Constable Thabo Malatji. “They went to Woolies and started disturbing customers inside the shop,” said Malatji. The protests are linked to continued calls to boycott Woolworths as it continued to trade with Israel following the deadly war in Gaza. Tasneem Essop from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, said the protest was peaceful and demonstrators had simply walked into the shop and lay on the ground with their placards. Woolworths said the safety of its customers and employees was its “highest priority”.

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