Demonstrators Support Free Gaza Flotilla
||June 25, 2011
by Pete Rockwell
Up to sixty people demonstrated to support the Freedom Flotilla II which has announced setting sail within the next few days. In spite of warnings from the Israeli, U.S., and Canadian governments, the flotilla, consisting of eleven vessels carrying 1000 people from 40 countries, will once again attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The Israeli government has vowed to intercept the flotilla as it did one year ago, when 9 people were killed and 40 others were wounded.
The demonstration was held in front of the tourist information center overlooking the inner harbor. People held signs and banners and listened to speakers who briefed the public on the situation in Gaza and the purpose of the flotilla.
For eye-witness views from within the Flotilla Check-out:
Kevin Neish's Site
Click on the audio file above to hear Harry Berbreyer speak.
Click on the audio file above to hear Mohammad Younas Mirza speak.
Interview with Kevin Neish
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Click on the video above to watch an interview with Kevin Neish - Part one.
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Click on the video above to watch an interview with Kevin Neish - Part two.
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Click on the video above to watch an interview with Kevin Neish - Part three.
||The following is an in-depth video interview conducted by Pete Rockwell, with Kevin Neish prior to his departure of June 2011:
Just a year ago, life long Victoria resident Kevin Neish, was on the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked in international waters by Israeli forces during the first attempt to break the Israeli blockade around Gaza. Nine people were killed and all aboard were detained by Israel, along with all members of the other boats in the flotilla.
Towards the end of June of this year, up to 15 ships and boats will challenge Israel’s ongoing blockade (since 2007) of Gaza once again. In this 35-minute interview Kevin Neish, talks about his activist roots, his commitment, his apprehensions, and why he is going again.
Related B Channel Coverage:
Kevin Neish Leaves for Gaza
2011 In-depth Interview with Neish
Survivor of Gaza Flotilla Attack Shares Experience
Vigil and Procession for Gaza Flotilla
Victoria Resident Part of Gaza Aid Flotilla Attacked by Israeli Forces