Thursday, December 31, 2009

Freedom marchers in Cairo, Gaza Strip, Israel, and the United States

More updates from the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo, the Gaza Strip, Israel, and across the U.S.: New York Times has this report that could probably use some letters to the editor to correct serious misrepresentations. CNN is carrying this report online and carrying a ticker on its TV network. Al Jazeera English has this report. Here's a Reuters article on the march. And here's an update from the Indypendent. Here's an excerpt from a press release from the Gaza Freedom March about Egyptian police repression, from earlier today. It seems that things are calmer now:
"Members of the Gaza Freedom March are being forcibly detained in hotels around town (Lotus, Liala) as well as violently forced into pens in Tahir Square by Egyptian police and additional security forces. Reports of police brutality are flooding a delegate legal hotline faster than the legal support team can answer the calls. The reports span from women being kicked, beaten to the ground and dragged into pens, at least one confirmed account of broken ribs, and many left bloody. The assault is ongoing, legal team and other spokespeople can be reached at the Nile Hotel or by contacting the phone numbers listed above."
Palestine Video has compiled footage of demonstrators being pushed off the streets in Cairo. Mondoweiss has this update:

"Word from Gaza is that 6,000 marched — the maximum allowed by Hamas in absence of international shield — civil society march under Palestinian flag only. Govt felt march route too exposed and too narrow for more to march if Israeli attack was possible....The 84 internationals who marched w/ gazan palestinians went beyond the end of the march to within 500 meters of border and are sitting in the road holding a press conf"

UPDATE: Mondoweiss has now corrected the figure to 600. UPDATE: Hundreds hold candlelight vigil in Cairo's Tahrir Square, see Ali Abunimah's blog for more. Meanwhile, solidarity actions continue across the U.S. and around the blog. Last night U.S. Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey attended a vigil organized in Washington, DC, by US Campaign member groups Jewish Voice for Peace-DC, Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Church of the Savior, and CODEPINK. More than 100 people came out in the cold for the vigil, check out footage below: You can see report backs from other solidarity actions on the Gaza Freedom March website. Here are things you can do to support the Gaza Freedom March--and to support human rights and equality for Palestinians, whether in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel, the refugee camps, or the diaspora: 1) Check out our most recent action alert: "Take Action: Gaza Still Blockaded One Year after 'Cast Lead'" 2) Read this blog post on how you can act against corporations and governments that are complicit in the destruction of Gaza. 3) Fast in solidarity with the Gaza Freedom March hunger strikers.