15 January, London: Free the children – #FreeAhmadManasrah – Protest G4S complicity in torture & caging of children


Date: Fri 15th Jan 2016  2:30pm-4:30pm
Location: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT (Closest public transport: Victoria Tube/Rail station)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/966616243388003/

Organized by www.inminds.com

The Israeli occupation is specifically targeting children during its current invasions into Palestinian cities and the villages. Two thirds of Palestinians abducted by the  Israeli occupation forces are children – well over 1200 children in 2015.

In November 2015 Israel authorised a bill that will allow the civilian courts to imprison 12 year old Palestinian children for taking part in protests – what Israel calls “nationalistically-motivated” crimes, and to heavily fine their families as punishment for their children’s activism. The military courts are already caging 12 years old children but now the new law will extend this to Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of East Jerusalem who are governed under civilian law.

The human rights group Addameer documented that as of Dec 2015 470 Palestinian children are caged in Israeli dungeons – the highest number on record. These caged children include  11 years old Ali Alqam and 13 years old Ahmad Manasrah.

Most of these children are caged in G4S secured prisons. This week the British documentary programme Panorama revealed the British security contractor G4S’s abuse of children at a young offenders centre in the UK which has now lead to 5 arrests. As shocking as the revelations are, we want to say that Palestinian children’s lives also matter, and G4S’s complicity in the brutal on-going torture of Palestinian children must stop.

Please join us outside the London HQ of G4S to demand the release of the children, including Ali Alqam and Ahmad Manasrah, and to demand G4S end its complicity in torture and abuse of children.

We will, inshAllah, be tweeting live from the protest with live photos being uploaded to our twitter and facebook page. So if you can’t join us on the day, please help us by sharing the photos as they get uploaded.