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Photos, audio, and video of US Boat to Gaza launch, Greek coast guard, military port
Video, audio, and photos from July 1st and July 2nd. On July 1st attempt to set sail, Greek coast guard confrontation, and return to Greek military port. On July 2nd, Captain John Klusmire was arrested and remains in custody. Passengers remain on the boat, surrounded by bars and barbed wire, in solidarity with the captain.
[Passengers waving from upper deck, chanting "Free Palestine!" moments before leaving port]
Free John Klusmire: Contact The Audacity of Hope Captain's U.S. & CA Reps and Senators
Max Blumenthal reported that the NY Greek Consulate told a JVP supporter on July 1st: "It's YOUR government [US] that ordered us not to let the ship sail!" Thanks, Obama!
The Audacity of Hope was stopped at sea by the Greek Coast Guard 20 minutes after leaving the port. Our captain refused to turn back irregardless of the pleas of the Coast guard captain. After about 2 hours, Greek commandos joined the Coast guard vessel and the decision was made to turn back. We are currently at a military dock in Athens, unable to proceed. Johnny Barber, a passenger, on the Audacity of Hope, i was able to record this as it happened.
medeabenjamin Medea Benjamin
@USBOATTOGAZA #flotilla2 Greek coast guard officers saying we are not seaworthy. They said "You dont have airconditioning" LOL--we do!
Protesters by Greek embassy in Tel-Aviv demand Greece stops supporting illegal siege of Gaza & let #flotilla2 sail
@USBOATTOGAZA forcibly held in Greek port. Passengers remain aboard in solidarity w/ jailed captain. #Flotilla2
Tonight in Athens, Greece: Hellenic Coast Guard officer enforcing Israel's illegal siege of Gaza. #flotilla2