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Adams calls for Mairead Maguire release

5 July, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has criticised the actions of the Israeli government in boarding the ‘Spirit of Humanity’ boat, arresting international peace activists including Mairead Maguire, and preventing the cargo of goods and medical supplies reaching the people of Gaza. He called for their ‘immediate release’.
Mr Adams who has recently visited the region and published a detailed report on the situation facing the people of Gaza said:

“The passengers and crew of the ‘Spirit of Humanity’ boat are peace activists, human rights workers and journalists from 11 countries. They include local Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire. She is currently being held in a high security prison in Tel Aviv along with former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

“The purpose of their mission is very clear. They were intent on bringing much needed humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza. There is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Israeli government need to open the crossings immediately and allow the free flow of aid.

"I call on the Irish government and on other EU states to demand the release of Irish and other citizens illegally arrested in international waters, that the confiscated humanitarian aid on board, which had been cleared by the customs of another EU country, Cyprus, be returned and that the boat be released and allowed proceed on its way.” ENDS

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