SAG Call Off Picket Lines in New York and Los Angeles Due to 'Safety Concerns'

The Hollywood actors union have told their members to 'stay safe' as the picketing in the Big Apple and Los Angeles is canceled because of 'safety concerns.'

AceShowbiz - The Hollywood actors union has called off pickets in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, October 13 due to "potential safety concerns." Members of the SAG-AFTRA union started the strike in July as part of a dispute over concerns including residuals from streaming services and the use of artificial intelligence and picketing in two of the entertainment industry's biggest hub cities were due to continue this week after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) broke down.

The union, however, called off the pickets due to take place on Friday. "In light of potential safety concerns that are unrelated to our ongoing strike, there will be no SAG-AFTRA pickets in New York City or Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 13. Stay safe and see you on the picket lines next week. #SagAftraStrong #SagAftraStrike," a statement posted on Instagram explained.

No more details were given, but the cancellation is believed to be related to a call from Islamist group Hamas for worldwide pro-Palestine demonstrations on Friday, October 13 amid the ongoing conflict with Israel.

However, a statement from the New York Police Department insisted there are "no credible, specific threats to New York City ... We are aware of the concern that postings circulating online have caused, and we have increased our uniform deployments at large gatherings and cultural gatherings to ensure public safety out of an abundance of caution."

While a message from the Los Angeles Police Department added, "[We are] aware of recent statements made calling for action as it relates to the conflict in the Middle East. We have no information of any specific or credible threats to the City of Los Angeles but we are continuing to assess the situation for any potential impact to our communities. We will be reaching out to our local Jewish and Muslim communities and will be providing extra patrol during this unimaginable time."

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