PRESS RELEASE: Successful start to Monthly National Day of Action against Woolworths.
The Monthly National Day of Action against Woolworths (for having Israeli trade links) kicked-off to a successful start in Rosebank, Johannesburg earlier this morning.
A flashmob to the tune of Trey Songz’ “Oh Nana” was perfumed by students and young activists. The lyrics were adapted to read:
Look what Woolies started.
Why you gotta be so brutal .
Oh nana I aint gonna spend this cash.
Oh nana if you keep stocking from Israel
The flashmob was followed by mass pamphleteering and the eventual successful closing of the Woolworths Store in Rosebank on one of the busiest trading days in the month for a certain period.There was one incident of a Rosebank Mall security person pushing over a female activist which led her to fall on the ground. However, there was no other violence and the protest was as a whole peaceful.Video footage and photos will be released shortly from the over 40 actions that are taking place across the country at Woolworths stores today.Campaigners Co-ordinator for BDS South Africa, Kwara Kekana said at the protest: “These protests, pickets, flashmobs, till-jamming and other actions will be intensified as Woolworths has refused to meet with BDS South Africa in order to resolve this issue of them trading with Apartheid Israel. People should not fall for the trap of making the #BoycottWoolworths protests actions the problem, the problem is Woolworths maintaining Israeli trade links in violation of the international boycott against Israel. Woolworths has taken one of its worst business decisions in a long time by holding onto its Israeli trade links while losing its customers and tarnishing its image.”
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