CANADIANS MARCH TO OPEN THE BORDERS OF GAZA
Ottawa – Canadian coordinators for the historic Gaza Freedom March were joined by Members of Parliament Libby Davies (Vancouver East) and Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) for a press conference on Parliament Hill on December 10th, to kick off a month of events in Canada and around the world leading up to the December 31, 2009 march from Gaza city to the Erez border crossing, demanding that Israel lift its illegal siege of the Gaza strip.
On December 31, 2009 over 1,100 participants from over 40 countries, including over 50 Canadians, will march arm in arm with the people of Gaza, from the devastated outskirts of Gaza city to the Erez border crossing, demanding that Israel lift its long illegal siege of the Gaza strip.
Canadian coordinator Sandra Ruch, International Steering Committee member Ehab Lotayef, and Quebec delegate Karine Walsh were present to answer questions about the initiative. MP Libby Davies, and Richard Nadeau who recently released a report on their visit to Gaza and the West Bank, and MP Irene Mathyssen also joined the media conference.
The Gaza Freedom March has global support from thousands of people including Alice Walker, Naomi Klein, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Hedges, George Galloway, Gore Vidal, Alexandre Trudeau, Howard Zinn, Mairead Maguire, Noam Chomsky, and Oliver Stone. Canadian members of Parliament Libby Davies, Irene Mathyssen, and Richard Nadeau join Parliamentarians around the world supporting this historic march.
For background on Gaza and the march, please visit www.gazafreedommarch.ca
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