- Pro-Palestinian protestors in Alice Springs
- They have blocked a US defence base
Pro-Palestinian protestors have blocked a US defence base outside Alice Springs.
The group, who call themselves ‘Territorians for Palestine’ on Friday morning blocked Hatt Road, the main access road to the US defence base.
Pine Gap is a satellite surveillance base and Australian Earth station about 18km south-west of Alice Springs.
The demonstration comes as an Israeli minister told troops massing at the border that they will soon see Gaza ‘from the inside’ sparking fears a ground invasion is imminent.
The US State Department has issued an urgent ‘worldwide’ travel warning for increased caution due to the potential for terrorist attacks or violence directed at American citizens across the globe.
The warning came after US President Joe Biden visited Israel, where he again pledged his support for Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
‘Territorians for Palestine’ have published several posts to their Facebook account announcing the blockade.
The protesters are dressed in all-black and are attempting to shield themselves from the harsh sun.
Pro-Palestinian group ‘Territorians for Palestine’ have published several posts to their Facebook account announcing the blockade
One protestor has locked their arm in a barrel covered in red paint in the middle of the road
A woman streaming the protest live on social media said the group had blocked the road to stop workers heading to the base and ‘take some time to mourn for the horrible deaths and losses’ in Palestine.
‘The Pine Gap Facility is a US military base, which conducts surveillance and monitoring on behalf of the CIA, NSA and other US defence agencies,’ the woman said.
‘They are responsible for surveillance and co-ordination of American military operations throughout the world, including and especially in the Middle East.
‘(It is) deeply interconnected with the US military conflict throughout the world and the many atrocities they have committed, and directly implicated in the genocidal violence that is happening in Palestine right now.’
Cars of people trying to enter Hatt Road are currently queued up along the Stuart Highway, NT News has reported.
Northern Territory emergency services are attending the scene at the US defence base
A protestor going by the name of ‘Gem’ has locked their arm in a barrel covered in red paint in the middle of the road.
‘Police are trying to free up the road but because this barrel is made of concrete, they actually can’t lift it,’ the ABC reported.
NT Fire and Rescue services, four police cars, half a dozen to a dozen police officers, and unmarked police cars are all present at the scene.
The attitude from authorities has been described as ‘gentle’ and ‘docile’ and no arrests have been made.
Thousands of Israeli troops have gathered at the border with Gaza since pushing back Hamas terrorists that brutally massacred hundreds of people in a cross-border attack on October 7.
Since then, Israel has pummelled Gaza with airstrikes, killing thousands of people, and has warned people living in the north of the territory to leave for their own safety.
Tensions have been ramped up further in recent days after a blast at a hospital in Gaza killed hundreds of people, with Israel and Palestinian terror groups blaming each other for the devastation.