Press Release: ‘Let Sarsak Live’ football protest in London today

Immediate Release

5 June 2012

TODAY: Londoners to stage football protest for Palestinian political prisoner on hunger strike

Contact: Zaneta 07927 189671 or Hilary 07756 977167 or general phone 07448 613383
Photos /footage: available this afternoon on request.

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.

FACEBOOK: Palestine Place
TWITTER: @palestineplace

2 Responses to “Press Release: ‘Let Sarsak Live’ football protest in London today”
  1. Yael Kahn says:

    Mahmoud Sarsak should have spent last night at home in Gaza. But he is still incarcerated in an Israeli prison.
    Israel had agreed to release Sarsak on 1st July, but when he insisted on having that in writing Israel maliciously withdrew it and vexatiously added 9 more days in the Israeli dungeons:
    “An earlier offer to release him on July 1 in exchange for ending his hunger strike was withdrawn when he demanded the deal be put into writing…”
    Sarsak was proved to be right to reject the Israeli verbal offer, as Israel did renegue on its verbal agreement with other hunger strikers under the 14 May deal:
    “We believe that Israel has renewed at least 30 administrative detention orders and issued at least three new ones since this deal was struck, and family visits for Gazan prisoners have still not started.”
    Of course, one cannot fully trust any agreement with Israel, not even a written one.
    Next week, on Tuesday 10th July Sarsak should at last be released, after 3 years of being illegally imprisoned by Israel and epic 92 day hunger strike.
    But your voice is still needed to save the lives of the other hunger strikers, especially Akram Rikhawi who is today on his 82nd day of hunger strike, as well as Samer AlBarq, on day 42, and Hassan Safadi, on day 12 of renewed hunger strikes, in protest of their administrative detention.

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