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Lawyers' group embroiled in politically charged protest

Lawyers' group embroiled in politically charged protest

A lawyers' group has distanced itself from political duelling protests in Brisbane, following a case of mistaken identity.

A lawyers' group has distanced itself from political duelling protests in Brisbane, following a case of mistaken identity. 


Protestors outside the Brisbane Max Brenner chocolate cafe this week this week aimed to highlight the company's support for the Israel military, and raised concerns over Palestinian rights. 


Law student Danille Keys organised a counter protest at the same time to support Max Brenner, the Brisbane Times reports, and blasted the "anti-Semitic" attitudes of what she called "extremist groups like the Socialist Alternative". 


Queensland Young Lawyers' president is coincidentally named Danielle Keyes, the last name spelled differently. After the protest, she received emails about the Israel and Palestine conflict. 


David Topp, treasurer at Queensland Young Lawyers, told The New Lawyer that Keyes received the "politically charged" email on the basis that the sender throughout the president was an active party in the protest. 


"The sender assumed she was actively involved in the protest as a result of internet searches. They were not aware of the subtlety of the spelling of her last name," said Topp. 


"They emailed with political persuasions, one being pro Palestine and one being pro Israel. Anyway we promptly replied and informed them that our president was not present."


Topp said the politics of an overseas-based conflict is not something Queensland Young Lawyers wants to be involved in. 


"We engage in political debates when the pertain to young lawyers, but this was not one of them."





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