Eirigi hold ‘solidarity with Khader Adnan’ vigil
éirígí held a vigil in Newry yesterday in solidarity with Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan. The vigil took place at Ray McCreesh Park and those taking part held Palestinian, PFLP, starry plough and éirígí flags. Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for almost 60 days in protest against being held in “administrative detention” without charge or trial. He has now been joined on hunger strike by other inmates.
According to eirigi, Palestinian prisoners have for years experienced ‘degrading treatment and humiliating conditions at the hands of the Israeli Prison Administration’. “Their friends and families on the outside have to also endure shameful treatment just to get to visit their loved ones, and sometimes even this can’t happen as detainees are routinely moved from one prison to another with little notice.”
Speaking at the vigil éirígí‘s Stephen Murney said “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called upon all Palestinian and international organisations and activists to join in a campaign of solidarity with the hunger striking prisoner and to launch protests and solidarity actions in support of Khader Adnan. So here we are here today to show solidarity with our comrades in Palestine who are currently on hunger strike. We have deliberately picked this location, Ray McCreesh Park, for obvious reasons. Over thirty years ago Raymond McCreesh and his comrades also embarked on hunger strike and paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.”
Murney continued, “Unsurprisingly the PSNI made a very deliberate and obvious decision that they would target today’s vigil and those taking part in it. This morning, several hours before the vigil, I was stopped and searched in the Derrybeg estate by the PSNI. I was searched for ammunition, wireless apparatus and transmitters. They then attempted, unsuccessfully, to question me about the vigil we would be having. The Zionists would be proud of the actions of this militia today.”
Independent republican councillor Davy Hyland also attended the vigil and raised concerns at the ‘incessant harassment’ of local republicans. Davy said, “Questions need to asked why the PSNI chose to target this peaceful vigil and harass those taking part in the hours leading up to it. I will now be raising the issue of ongoing harassment at council level.”
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