STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPY LOS ANGELES
The following statement is in response to the threatened closure of Occupy Los Angeles by city officials at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011
We stand opposed to the initiatives of the authorities on all levels of government to destroy the Los Angeles Commune. And we pledge to do everything within our power to fully expose the schemes of the FBI and mercenary forces like the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to undermine and destroy the Occupy Communes throughout the country, simply because they don’t adhere to the political program of the Democrats or the Republicans.
These violations of the civil and political rights of the 99% will not be tolerated. We will resist and we will win.
Kali Akuno, Acting Co-Director
US Human Rights Network
The primary goal of the United States Human Rights Network, an Atlanta-based coalition of more than 300 organizations from around the country, is to increase the visibility of the US human rights movement and link U.S.-based human rights activists with the global human rights movement. Its National Conference and Members Meeting will be held Dec. 9 – 11, 2011, at the Radisson LAX Hotel. The Network’s biannual conference comes to the city during a time of unprecedented discontent with the nation’s Depression Era-level joblessness and growing economic inequality. Due to the Network’s firm belief that economic rights are also human rights, the USHRN stood in full support of the Occupy Movement in Los Angeles and other cities since their inception, protesting the collusion of government and economic elites. www.ushrnetwork.org
[After weeks of making threats on the flotilla, including Israeli military planning with simulated attacks on yachts, and lining up US and other government’s support for a murderous assault, Israel has now successfully bribed the bankrupt Greek government to stop the boats from leaving Greek waters. Once again, international condemnation of the illegal Israeli occupation and blockade of Gaza, is drawing international attention and broad condemnation. — Frontlines ed.]
Greece bars vessels carrying several hundred activists from leaving Greek ports for Gaza Strip
Greece on Friday banned ships heading to the Gaza Strip from leaving Greek ports, and a vessel carrying several dozen Americans which left port without permission was asked to return.
The Telegraph (UK), July 1, 2011
A flotilla of nine Greek and foreign-flagged vessels and several hundred activists have said they want to break Israel’s sea blockade and deliver aid to the Palestinian territory.
Greece’s Civil Protection Ministry said coast guard authorities had been ordered to take “all appropriate measures” to implement the ban.
It also said the “broader maritime area of the eastern Mediterranean will be continuously monitored by electronic means for tracking, where applicable, the movements of the ships allegedly participating” in the flotilla.
Witnesses said one of the boats, called the Audacity of Hope and carrying several dozen Americans, had left port on Friday afternoon. Activists said on their Twitter feed that they had been intercepted by the Greek coast guard. Continue reading