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Release the rescuers - Lynn Boylan MEP

20 October, 2018 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan has called for the release on bail of NGO workers Sean Binder and Sarah Mardini as they await trial in Greece.

Speaking from a solidarity rally held outside the Greek Embassy, the Dublin MEP said:

“The last time I stood here on the steps of the Greek Embassy, I called for solidarity for the Greek people.  It is sad that I am here today three years later asking that the Greek Government show solidarity with humanitarians.

“Sean and Sarah are behind bars because they refused to turn a blind eye to the refugee crisis.  Sarah who was hailed as the hero swimmer in 2015 is now being criminalised for helping other refugees.  

“Sean, who grew up in Ireland and attended Trinity is the son of a Vietnamese Refugee and chose to spend his Summer helping other refugees.  

“The criminalisation of activists and NGOs working with refugees must stop.  I have written to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney and the Minister for Justice in Greece, Mr Michalis Kalogirou, calling on them to do everything they can to see that Sean and Sarah are released on bail.  They are NGO workers who clearly pose no threat to society.”

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