FREEDOM FLOTILLA II: expected to set sail during Northern spring 2011 12Jan11 January 12, 2011

The European campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), one of the founders of the coalition, “Freedom Flotilla” – announced that due the high level of participation, the Freedom Flotilla II is expected to set sail during the spring of 2011.

Mazen Kahil, coordinator of the European campaign mentioned that “Most of the participants in the Freedom Flotilla II came from across the European continent, as well as ships from Asia and America.”

He added “We now have more than ten European countries that will send vessels and those are: Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, and Switzerland. At the same time, other European Counties are sending delegations to participate”

Kahil stated that the size of the fleet participating in the next flotilla will be bigger and that the number of supporting organizations will exceed a thousand from around the world.

He also pointed out that postponing the set sail date is “to allow the participation of the largest possible number of ships, and to complete all legal and technical procedures, especially for the new organisations that join the fleet.”

The representative of the “European Campaign”, stated that about forty media outlets submitted requests to participate in the “Freedom Flotilla II,” despite the attack by Israeli military forces against it, which killed nine participants.

He stressed that the campaign will aim to put on board the largest number possible of media outlets, “to expose any new atrocities that might be committed by the occupation forces against peace activists and participants from different parts of the world.”

Kahil said that the coalition will seek to bring thousands of tons of building materials to enable the reconstruction of the Palestinian citizens rebuild their homes as well as attempting to export goods produced in the Gaza Strip to the world, in a practical step to break the siege.

He pointed out that the campaign has received requests to meet the needs of many Palestinian factories of raw materials so they can resume work in these factories.

Maher Nazzal
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