On Thursday, 17 December, over 60 activists in Paris gathered to protest outside the Ministry of the Interior in France in a demonstration to free Georges Abdallah, the Lebanese Communist struggler for Palestine imprisoned in France for over 36 years. Organized by the Unified Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Abdallah, the protest demanded that the Minister of the Interior sign the necessary deportation order for Georges Abdallah to be returned to his home in Lebanon and released. On several occasions, Abdallah’s release has been blocked by the refusal of French officials, working hand in hand with U.S. and Israeli officials, to sign such a deportation order.
Protesters called out a number of slogans, including “We will not give this up! Darmanin must sign! Freedom for Georges Abdallah! No justice, no peace!”
Together with the call for the protest in Paris, other actions in France also took place in front of the prefectures in the cities of Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon and Saint-Etienne, organized by the Jeunes Révolutionnaires (Young Revolutionaries). In Bordeaux and Mérignac, activists with the Libérer Georges 33 Committee organized protests to demand Abdallah’s release.
Video produced by the Bordeaux demonstration:
We call on all organizers, support committees, associations, parties, unions to express their solidarity and to increase their initiatives to make the cause of Georges Abdallah known so that the demand for his release grows.
☞ Statement of the Unified Campaign read at the protest (in French)
☞ Statement by the Jeunes Révolutionnaires (in French) + photos
Dare to fight! Dare to win!
Let’s continue the struggle! Freedom for Georges Abdallah!