Kat Theophanous MP’s office targeted by pro-Palestine protesters in Melbourne

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The electorate office of Member for Northcote and Cypriot Australian, Kat Theophanous MP was targeted by pro-Palestine protesters in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday morning.

Police are investigating after red paint and pro-Palestine slogans were sprayed on the buildings, which include the offices of Ms Theophanous, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, former Labor leader Bill Shorten, Wills MP Peter Khalil and Cooper MP Ged Kearney. Vandals also broke multiple windows at the US consulate on St Kilda Road

The slogans include “free Gaza,” “glory to the martyrs” and “free Palestine,” as well as several profanities.

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Pro-Palestine protesters vandalised the front of the building that houses the US consulate in St Kilda Road. Photo: Chris Hopkins.

These protests come after a number of groups called for a national day of action against Labor MPs that organisers accuse of being complicit in genocide in Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

More than 36,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to local health officials, since Israel began its large-scale offensive in Gaza following the Hamas attacks against Israel on October 7, when around 1,200 people were killed and 250 taken hostage.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has demanded Israel halt its military campaign in the southern Gazan city of Rafah, but protest organisers say federal Labor MPs’ failure to support a Greens motion recognising Palestine as a state had compelled their escalation.

Speaking this morning, Foreign Minister Wong said the vandalism was unacceptable.

“Workers have a right to be safe and to feel safe,” she said.

Source: Nine News.

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