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US Boat Hunger Strike in Athens: Gaza flotilla: We still plan to breach blockade
by Newsday, AP Photo
Sunday Jul 3rd, 2011 3:58 PM
Activists who have begun a fast hold banners as they sit outside the U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece, Sunday, July 3, 2011. Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla said Sunday they have not abandoned their plans to breach Israel's sea blockade of the territory despite a Greek government ban on their vessels leaving Greek ports. The campaign suffered a major setback when Greece announced its restrictions on Friday, and authorities arrested the captain of a boat carrying American activists that tried to leave Greece without permission. Photo: Darko Bandic / AP
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Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla said Sunday they have not abandoned their plans to breach Israel's sea blockade of the territory despite a Greek government ban on their vessels leaving the country's ports.

The campaign experienced a major setback when Greece announced its restrictions Friday, and authorities arrested the captain of a boat carrying American activists that tried to leave...

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§US Boat to Gaza Impounded by Greek Blockade
by Newsday, AP Photo Sunday Jul 3rd, 2011 3:58 PM
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by US Boat
Sunday Jul 3rd, 2011 4:26 PM
Just got word from Athens: the 8 people who were fasting in front of the U.S. Embassy have been arrested. They are Ken Mayers, Carol Murry, Medea Benjamin, Paki Wieland, Ray McGovern, Brad Taylor, Kit Kitteridge and Kathy Kelly. We will not have any more news until the morning.


In the meantime, let's keep the pressure on Washington. They need to pressure the Greek government to release our captain, our boat and now these 8 people as well! Let them sail to Gaza!!!

Throughout this country people have responded to our call to contact the U.S. State Department to demand that they take the steps necessary to ensure that the Greek authorities immediately release the captain and let our boat sail to Gaza. In fact, there has been such a strong response that we are hearing their voice mailboxes are full! That's great, but of course frustrating for those of you trying to make those calls.



Here are some other phone numbers and email addresses to try:

•State Department general number: 202-647-4000 - ask for the Overseas U.S. Citizen Services Duty Officer and you'll get a live State Dept. official who has to hear you out.
•The voicemail for Kim Richter - also at the State Dept. - says she's out of the office for several days, and that callers with urgent issues should contact a colleague at 202-647-4578.
•If you can place an international phone call, the number for the U.S. Embassy in Athens is 011-30-210-721-2951.
•You can email the U.S. Embassy in Athens at: athensamemb [at] state.gov or you can send an email to them at: athensamericancitizenservices [at] state.gov


Please also try to call, fax or email your members of Congress as well.



Help us keep the pressure up!!



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