Listen to entire program here:
Sue Breeze: 8m 25sec.
Abayomi Azikiwe: 38m 55sec.
In the first half hour we talked to Sue Breeze who was a participant in the Canadian Boat to Gaza effort when it was forced back to port on July 4th as it took part in the International Freedom Flotilla II; an attempt to break the blockade of Gaza by the Israeli government. As listeners will remember, we have talked to David Heap and Sandra Ruch, both organizers for the Canadian effort. The flotilla set out from the port of Aghios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, only to be stopped, boarded and forced back to port by the Greek coastguard. This was apparently done at the request of the Israeli government. Activists said that in effect, the blockade and siege of Gaza now extends to Greece. The whole point of this endeavour and the one last year that cost the lives of nine Turkish activists, is to draw attention to Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.
As we talk to Sue Breeze, we’ll get an eyewitness account of the action that day,what it was like in Crete waiting to get underway and on the vessel, the Tahrir, and a sense of why the activists were moved to take part in this flotilla.
In the second half hour listen to Abayomi Azikiwe describe Saturday’s historical review of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and how people can learn from that fight for justice against continuing racism, poverty, and police brutality.
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