Beirut protest denounces French defense minister, demands freedom for Georges Abdallah

Organizers in Beirut protested on Monday evening, 6 March outside the French embassy in the Lebanese capital, on the occasion of a reception for the French Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to demand freedom for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the Arab revolutionary struggler for Palestine imprisoned in French jails for 32 years. He has been eligible for release since 1999, yet it has been repeatedly denied through the intervention of the highest levels of the French and U.S. governments.

The protesters carried photos of Abdallah and banners with slogans demanding his release. They also called upon the Lebanese government to demand the release of Abdallah before meeting with any French officials and to act responsibly to protect this Lebanese citizen who has lost 32 years of his life in prison. Lebanese security forces set up a large cordon and pushed protesters far away from the entrance to the embassy during the event.

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French organizers for Abdallah’s freedom also launched their new website, with detailed information and frequently-updated content about the case. The new site is available at: