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57 pro-Palestine protesters arrested

The protesters entered a Woolworths store in Killarney Mall and disrupted operations.

A group of people gathered at Hilbrow Police station calling for the pro-Palestine protesters to be released. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 57 pro-Palestine protesters have been arrested following a flash protest at the Woolworths store in Killarney Mall.

The protesters, led by rights group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel, are calling for the retailer to stop importing products from Israel.

A group of people have gathered at Hilbrow Police station calling for the protesters to be released.

It's understood the group of protesters entered the Woolworths store earlier today and disrupted operations.

The police's Thabo Malatji said, "There was a group of people picketing inside the store and disturbing business."

But the group's Kwara Kekana claims the protest was peaceful.

"Our lawyers are engaging with the police."

Police say those arrested will be charged with public disturbance.

Yesterday a Congress of South African Students (Cosas) member placed the head of a pig in the kosher meat section of a Woolworths in Cape Town.

The South African Board of Jewish Deputies (SAJBD) said the actions of the student amounts to a hate crime.

Cosas invaded the Woolworths armed with a pig's head, in what they claim is a bid to support the Boycott Disinvest and Sanction Movement (BDS).

BDS seeks to pressurise Israel to change its policies concerning Palestine through economic sanctions.