On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, activists demand divestment, protest Clinton

first_imgNew York — Several dozen activists, including large numbers of students, rallied in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza Park on April 17 to mark the 42nd annual Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and launch the second Prison Divestment National Week of Action. They then marched to Hillary Clinton’s nearby campaign headquarters, where they joined a larger protest against the Democratic presidential candidate’s pro-war political record.Palestinian Prisoners’ Day commemorates the 1974 release of Mahmoud Baker Hijazi, the first Palestinian prisoner freed by Israel in a prisoner exchange with resistance groups, and shows solidarity with 7,000 current detainees, including 700 “administrative detainees,” 438 children and six elected members of the Palestinian parliament. The “detainees” are imprisoned without even going through Israeli military trials, known for their 99.74 percent conviction rate against Palestinian defendants.Marches, rallies and strikes have marked the day throughout the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1948 and 1967, while growing numbers of Palestinian and solidarity groups elsewhere hold protests and educational events.This year, the day coincided with a nationwide mobilization against Real Estate Investment Trust tax breaks used by the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group to avoid property taxes on their private prisons.This de facto subsidy, critics charge, not only increases the profitability of private imprisonment but also allows prison companies to pour donations into the campaigns of politicians whose policies of criminalization benefit them.Speakers in Cadman Plaza included representatives of Cop Watch, HDK New York, the International Action Center, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Students for Justice in Palestine, Students Without Borders and Queens Neighborhoods United. Many of the speakers connected domestic struggles against mass incarceration and police repression, as well as liberation movements in Kurdistan and elsewhere, with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and the fight for a free Palestine.Following a march, with chants of “Smash the settler Zionist state!” and “Hillary, Obama: You will feel the Intifada!” the group joined 100 picketers from the Committee Opposed to Hillary Clinton’s Interventionism outside the Clinton headquarters.Chants and speakers criticized Clinton’s record of intervention, from Haiti and Honduras to Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF calls for urgent French response to Vietnam’s arrest of blogger

first_img April 7, 2021 Find out more Police officers knocked on Hoang’s door at around 6 pm, saying they wanted to do an ID check. But, after entering his home, they arrested him in a heavy-handed manner and told him he would be expelled within 24 hours in accordance with an “extradition” order issued by the Bureau of Immigration.Sources say the police had a camera to film the arrest, as they have in the past when arresting Vietnamese activists. The recordings are often used for state propaganda purposes.RSF urges the Vietnamese government to refrain from expelling Hoang. His expulsion, which would be iniquitous and contrary to Vietnamese legislation, is simply designed to reinforce the climate of fear that the Communist Party has created in Vietnam.RSF also calls on the French government to take swift and effective measures to prevent his expulsion. Hoang appealed for action by the French government in an interview for RSF last week.The Vietnamese authorities paved the way for Hoang’s expulsion by announcing that a presidential decree stripped him of his Vietnamese citizenship last month.Vietnam has one of the worst scores in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, in which it is ranked 175th out of 180 countries. News RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News Receive email alerts Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet Help by sharing this information June 23, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF calls for urgent French response to Vietnam’s arrest of bloggercenter_img News Organisation Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger with French and Vietnamese dual nationality who was arrested at his home in Ho Chi Minh City this evening, and urges the French authorities to take action in his defence. to go further April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet Pham Minh Hoang in an interview for RSF on June 16 last_img read more

New site being investigated for Buncrana Three School Campus

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews New site being investigated for Buncrana Three School Campus By News Highland – May 12, 2020 WhatsApp Google+ A member of the County Donegal Education and Training Board says the Three School Campus in Buncrana is still very much on the table.At a virtual ETB meeting last evening, a letter was presented from the Department of Education, indicating that a new site has been identified, and officials are working on assessing its technical suitability.An announcement could be made in a matter of weeks, members were told.Cllr Rena Donaghey is welcoming the progress, she says initial discussions on acquiring the site are already underway…………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/renadweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Twitter Previous articleINMO warn imminent shortage of nurses must be avertedNext articleWater supplies could be curtailed as IW launches conservation appeal News Highland Facebookcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more