Monday, 28 December 2009

Norwich Stop War President detained in Egypt while trying to aid Gaza

Important info about my friend and Green Councillor colleague Peter Offord.
Please help, if you can!!:

GAZA FREEDOM MARCH - BREAKING NEWS
PETER OFFORD DETAINED IN EL ARISH, EGYPT

As some of you may know Norwich Stop the War President, Peter Offord, is
one of the international delegates travelling to Gaza to take part in the
Gaza Freedom March. With him he is taking in art supplies to assist the
Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza. He and his colleagues were hoping to
enter Gaza through the Egyptian border.

However we have learned today that the Egyptian police are stopping
international delegates from travelling to the Rafah border, where they
intended to cross into Gaza to take part in the March. Currently Peter is
around 40 kilometres from the Gaza border, which has been closed.

This evening he has forwarded the message printed below explaining that he
was among those detained in El Arish, to which the message refers.

We must do all we can to ensure that the march is allowed to proceed and
materials are delivered..

PLEASE CONTACT THE EGYPTIAN CONSULATE CALLING FOR THE BORDER TO BE OPENED
AND INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES AND AID TO BE ALLOWED TO ENTER GAZA.:-

The Consulate General
2 Lowndes Street
London SW1X 9ET
Tel: 020 7235 9777
020 7235 6562
Fax: 020 7235 5684
E-mail: info@egyptianconsulate.co.uk

Kind Regards
Frank M Stone
Convenor Norwich Stop the War Coalition
____________________________________________________________________

Egyptian Security Forces Detain Gaza Freedom Marchers in
el-Arish and shut down Gaza Memorial in Cairo

What: Egyptian security forces detain internationals in el-Arish, break up
memorial actions in Cairo

When: Sunday, December 27, noon: the Egyptian security forces detained a
group of 30 internationals in their hotel in el-Arish and another group of
8 at the bus station. They also broke up a memorial action commemorating
the Cast Lead massacre at the Kasr al Nil Bridge

At noon on 27 December, Egyptian security forces detained a group of 30
activists in their hotel in el-Arish as they prepared to leave for Gaza,
placing them under house arrest. The delegates, all part of the Gaza
Freedom March of 1,300 people, were Spanish, French, British, American,
and Japanese.

The Egyptian security forces eventually yielded, letting most of the
marchers leave the hotel, but did not permit them to leave the town. When
two younger delegates, a French and Japanese woman, attempted to leave
el-Arish, the Egyptian authorities stopped their taxi and unloaded their
luggage.

Another group of eight people, including citizens from American, British,
Spanish, Japanese and Greece, were detained at the bus station of Al Arish
in the afternoon of December 27. As of 3:30 PM, they were still being
held.

Simultaneously, Egyptian security police broke up a commemoration of the
Israeli invasion of Gaza organized by the Gaza Freedom March at Kasr al
Nil Bridge, one of the main bridges connecting Zamalek Island, in the
middle of the Nile, to Cairo. As a non-violent way of commemorating the
more than 1300 Palestinians killed in the Israeli assault on Gaza that
began a year ago on December 27, 2008, Gaza Freedom Marchers tied hundreds
of strings with notes, poems, art and the names of those killed to the
bridge.
"We're saddened that the Egyptian authorities have blocked our
participants' freedom of movement and interfered with a peaceful
commemoration of the dead," said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, one of the
March's organizers.

Benjamin added that the Gaza Freedom March participants are continuing to
urge the Egyptian government to allow them to proceed to Gaza. They
visited the Arab League asking for support, various foreign embassies and
the Presidential Palance to deliver an appeal to President Mubarak. They
are calling their supporters around the world to contact Egyptian
embassies and urge them to free the marchers and allow them to proceed to
Gaza.

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Important info about my friend and Green Councillor colleague Peter Offord.
Please help, if you can!!:

GAZA FREEDOM MARCH - BREAKING NEWS
PETER OFFORD DETAINED IN EL ARISH, EGYPT

As some of you may know Norwich Stop the War President, Peter Offord, is
one of the international delegates travelling to Gaza to take part in the
Gaza Freedom March. With him he is taking in art supplies to assist the
Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza. He and his colleagues were hoping to
enter Gaza through the Egyptian border.

However we have learned today that the Egyptian police are stopping
international delegates from travelling to the Rafah border, where they
intended to cross into Gaza to take part in the March. Currently Peter is
around 40 kilometres from the Gaza border, which has been closed.

This evening he has forwarded the message printed below explaining that he
was among those detained in El Arish, to which the message refers.

We must do all we can to ensure that the march is allowed to proceed and
materials are delivered..

PLEASE CONTACT THE EGYPTIAN CONSULATE CALLING FOR THE BORDER TO BE OPENED
AND INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES AND AID TO BE ALLOWED TO ENTER GAZA.:-

The Consulate General
2 Lowndes Street
London SW1X 9ET
Tel: 020 7235 9777
020 7235 6562
Fax: 020 7235 5684
E-mail: info@egyptianconsulate.co.uk

Kind Regards
Frank M Stone
Convenor Norwich Stop the War Coalition
____________________________________________________________________

Egyptian Security Forces Detain Gaza Freedom Marchers in
el-Arish and shut down Gaza Memorial in Cairo

What: Egyptian security forces detain internationals in el-Arish, break up
memorial actions in Cairo

When: Sunday, December 27, noon: the Egyptian security forces detained a
group of 30 internationals in their hotel in el-Arish and another group of
8 at the bus station. They also broke up a memorial action commemorating
the Cast Lead massacre at the Kasr al Nil Bridge

At noon on 27 December, Egyptian security forces detained a group of 30
activists in their hotel in el-Arish as they prepared to leave for Gaza,
placing them under house arrest. The delegates, all part of the Gaza
Freedom March of 1,300 people, were Spanish, French, British, American,
and Japanese.

The Egyptian security forces eventually yielded, letting most of the
marchers leave the hotel, but did not permit them to leave the town. When
two younger delegates, a French and Japanese woman, attempted to leave
el-Arish, the Egyptian authorities stopped their taxi and unloaded their
luggage.

Another group of eight people, including citizens from American, British,
Spanish, Japanese and Greece, were detained at the bus station of Al Arish
in the afternoon of December 27. As of 3:30 PM, they were still being
held.

Simultaneously, Egyptian security police broke up a commemoration of the
Israeli invasion of Gaza organized by the Gaza Freedom March at Kasr al
Nil Bridge, one of the main bridges connecting Zamalek Island, in the
middle of the Nile, to Cairo. As a non-violent way of commemorating the
more than 1300 Palestinians killed in the Israeli assault on Gaza that
began a year ago on December 27, 2008, Gaza Freedom Marchers tied hundreds
of strings with notes, poems, art and the names of those killed to the
bridge.
"We're saddened that the Egyptian authorities have blocked our
participants' freedom of movement and interfered with a peaceful
commemoration of the dead," said Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, one of the
March's organizers.

Benjamin added that the Gaza Freedom March participants are continuing to
urge the Egyptian government to allow them to proceed to Gaza. They
visited the Arab League asking for support, various foreign embassies and
the Presidential Palance to deliver an appeal to President Mubarak. They
are calling their supporters around the world to contact Egyptian
embassies and urge them to free the marchers and allow them to proceed to
Gaza.

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