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Latest update from The Audacity of Hope in Greece
In addition to the following note from a coordinator for the US Boat to Gaza, events earlier today included the Canadian boat Tahrir being boarded by the Greek military -- http://www.tahrir.ca/. Protests have already happened in New York, Washington DC, Toronto, and other cities. There will soon be a call for a demonstration in San Francisco as well, likely this weekend. Continue to make calls and emails to the numbers and addresses listed at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/07/01/18683444.php and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/06/27/18683124.php. Keep informed by following the websites listed at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/07/01/18683407.php.
As you know, earlier today the U.S. Boat to Gaza - The Audacity of Hope - was stopped by the Greek Coast Guard. After a stand off that unfolded over several hours a 2nd Greek Coast Guard boat arrived. This boat carried heavily armed Greek commandos and this shifted the dynamic. Soon after a decision was made to bring the boat back to a dock in Athens, not the same one the boat had previously been at.
Once docked we learned that the Greek authorities are most likely going to bring some type of charges against the captain of our boat, and that should happen tomorrow (Saturday) morning. In solidarity with the captain, most of the passengers and other crew members decided to spend the night on the boat. We do not yet know what their plans are for tomorrow, or what the next steps in all of this will be. As soon as we find out we will get word to you all.
The good news today was the tremendous outpouring of calls and emails sent to the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC as well as Greek consulates around the country. Many people have also contacted the U.S. State Dept. urging them to stop supporting the Israeli efforts to undermine the flotilla.
Please be sure to check our website at http://ustogaza.org and Twitter at http://twitter.com/usboattogaza for regular updates.
Thanks everyone for your support and great work today!