On Saturday evening, the stage was set for the second Dolphin final at Melodifestivalen, but amid the glitz, glam and song, a demonstration was staged outside the Scandinavian in Gothenburg.
Afternoonbladet Several hundred people demonstrated for Palestine – and against Israel being allowed to participate in the competition.
– What is happening in Gaza is terrible. And you can watch and do nothing. They kill many people and send bombs. Say no to genocide, because it is genocide, say two people during a demonstration in Abdanbladet.
The police arrive at the scene and tell the newspaper that they have been given permission to demonstrate in Gothenburg every Saturday.
– Now they stand outside Scandinavia. Police say they have huge resources because Melodifestivalen is taking place at the venue.
Two men, dressed as watermelons, were said to be holding a poster with the message “Don't forget the children of Gaza”.
SVT's viewers see the cut of the dressed-up watermelons for a few seconds, before the image changes, writes Aftonbladet.
Watermelons have long been a symbol of sweet tea in Palestine.
After the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, many have demanded that Israel face the same consequences as Russia, which was banned from the competition in 2022 as a result of its war against Ukraine.
Israel, for its part, has always maintained that hostilities against Gaza were “inevitable” as a result of the Hamas offensive.
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