Jan 282017

On the 15th anniversary of the imprisonment of Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, by the Palestinian Authority at the behest of the Zionist state, the U.S. and the UK, over 60 organizations joined in expressing solidarity and organizing international events to demand his freedom and that of his fellow Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In Palestine, events were organized in Gaza and Ramallah in support of Sa’adat. In Gaza City, a mass demonstration took place outside the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, with posters of Comrade Sa’adat and his imprisoned comrades, demanding their immediate release from Zionist prisons. Comrade Hani Thawabteh spoke about Sa’adat and the Front’s commitment to resistance and defense of the Palestinian people. He slammed the Palestinian Authority’s role in kidnapping Sa’adat and holding him in Jericho prison under U.S. and British guard for four years before the attack and abduction by the Zionist army, saying that security coordinatin is an “ugly crime.”

The event also included a recorded message from Comrade Sumoud Sa’adat, the daughter of Ahmad Sa’adat and a prisoner support activist, emphasizing the ongoing commitment to the principles of struggle and liberation for which Sa’adat has struggled all his life.

Events around the world were organized by the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Protests and actions in New York City focused on building the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and demanding freedom for Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian prisoners. United States events also took place in Albuquerque and Hilton Head. In Vancouver and Waterloo, Canada, events and statements focused on solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners and the liberation struggle.

In Belgium, a solidarity evening highlighted Sa’adat’s case, while Palestinian youth cultural performers presented about the prisoners’ struggle at a cultural celebration. In Copenhagen, an evening of solidarity focused on Palestinian prisoners’ struggle. In Toulouse, France, Coup Pour Coup 31 informed the public about Sa’adat’s case and that of imprisoned Comrade Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, which was followed by a demonstration by the Unified Campaign to Free Georges Ibrahim Abdallah in Paris that called for freedom for Sa’adat and Abdallah.

Turkish and Kurdish human rights activists gathered in Istanbul to demand freedom for Sa’adat and fellow prisoners, while in Ireland, events in Galway, Derry and Wicklow highlighted Sa’adat’s imprisonment. Groups in Glasgow, London and Manchester engaged in boycott campaigns while demanding freedom for Sa’adat. Italian Fronte Palestina activists joined an anti-prison rally in Milan to highlight the united struggle against isolation and repression, and they leafleted in Florence while hanging banners in Padova.

The annual Liebknecht-Luxemburg-Lenin demonstration in Berlin, Germany was joined by a contingent of the Democratic Palestine Committees, marching with posters of Sa’adat and Abdallah, while Ghazi Hamad of the Committees addressed the central rallly.

Events also took place in Damascus, Sour and Tunis, with presentations, demonstrations and information tables focusing on Ahmad Sa’adat as an imprisoned Palestinian leader and revolutionary.

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