URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: Free Michael Coleman; Let the flotilla go 5Jul11 July 5, 2011

Editor’s Note: Australian participant on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza
Michael Coleman has been arrested by Greek Police for attempting to block
their pursuit of the Canadian boat the “Tahrir” as it left port.  Michael
and Soha, another Canadian Flotilla team member, were in two kayaks beside
the “Tahrir”.  As soon as the boat’s motors started, Michael and Soha
paddled to the immediate prow of the coastguard and managed to stay there
for at least 5 minutes which prevented the coastguard from stopping the
Tahrir from leaving.  Eddie O’Loughlin, who has provided this latest update,
says that a Canadian Flotilla team member has assured him that a legal team
is working on freeing Michael.  They are still not sure as to what the
specific charges against Michael will be.

Please telephone or write to the Greek embassy in Australia and also the
consulates asking them to pressure Greek authorities to release Michael
Coleman and to allow the Freedom Flotilla to continue its mission to
Gaza.  Also letters and calls to our own government representatives are
important asking them to pressure the Greek government to release Michael
Coleman and the Tahrir.

Greek Embassy in Australia
Tel: +61-2-6273-3011
Email: greekemb@greekembassy-au.org
Email: gremb.can@mfa.gr

Greek Consulate (Sydney)
Tel: +61-2-92212388
Tel: +61-2-92211453
Email: grconsyd@telpacific.com.au

Greek Consulate (Melbourne)
Tel: +61-3-98664524
Tel: +61-3-98664525
Email: grcons@bigpond.com.au

Greek Consulate (Adelaide)
Tel: +61-8-82118066
Email: consulgr@picknowl.com.au

Greek Consulate (Brisbane)
Tel: +61-7-32927421
Tel: +61-7-32927422
Email: greekcon@ozemail.com.au

Australian Embassy in Greece
Tel: +30 210 870 4000
Email: ae.athens@dfat.gov.au

Also contact your own member of parliament  (you can find their details
here http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-elctr.asp)
The Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd
Tel: (02) 6277 7500
Email: Kevin.Rudd.MP@aph.gov.au

We need to keep the pressure up on the Greek Government and our own.

Sonja Karkar
Australians for Palestine

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