Press Release: ‘Let Sarsak Live’ football protest in London today
5 June 2012
TODAY: Londoners to stage football protest for Palestinian political prisoner on hunger strike
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When: Today Tuesday June 5 from 12 NOON till 4PM
Where: Starting at Palestine Place 24 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8HP at 12PM or Trafalagar Square at 12.30PM
Footballs will be kicked in protest in central London today as demonstrators seek to highlight the plight of a member of Palestine’s national team close to death in an Israeli jail.
Protesters – wearing the shirts of football teams from around the world – will stage the symbolic action at several locations in the capital including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and several London parks in solidarity with Mahmoud Sarsak who has been on hunger strike for more than 77 days.
Around 30 demonstrators holding banners reading ‘Let Sarsak Live’, will blow whistles and exchange passes to draw attention to the system of administrative detention that Israel uses to imprison people without charge or trial.
Sarsak has been jailed by Israel for almost three years without ever being charged with a crime.
He is one of a number of political prisoners on hunger strike in protest against their detention without trial, the inhumane conditions and barbaric interrogation techniques Israel uses.
The protest has been organised through Palestine Place, a newly reclaimed space in central London holding two weeks of workshops, discussions and actions in support of Palestine. The twitter hashtag is #LetSarsakLive.
=== Notes for editors ===
* A wave of hunger strikes by Palestinian political prisoners in protest against the lack of family visitation rights, detention conditions including solitary confinement and administrative detention Israel agree to free many earlier this year.
* Administrative detention is the system Israel uses to imprison people without charge or trial for six month periods which can be renewed indefinitely.
* Palestine Place is a newly reclaimed space in central London hosting two weeks of workshops, discussion and action in support of Palestine. It is located at 24 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8HP.
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