A fascinating report from Vancouver. Not surprising, but still, shocking. The report begins:
“It has been widely reported and speculated that the reason for Greece’s participation in the suppression of Freedom Flotilla Two may be found in its own economic situation — that the government of Prime Minister George Papandreou, pushing a devastating IMF/EU austerity plan on the Greek people against their will, is so desperate for international financial and economic support that it is willing to serve as the enforcement arm for Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza.
“Yesterday, in Vancouver, Canada, a Greek consular official, Georgios Ayfantis, confirmed that this is indeed the case….”
The full story is here.
Updates: Three participants arrested from the Tahrir have now been released, but face trials over various charges related to their attempt to get free of the Greek government’s blockade. Greek lawyers are working with the Tahrir participants. Their boat remains in port under Greek military guard. The other participants remain aboard; legal advice has suggested that they may face charges if they disembark. The activists report much support from Greek people in the port town. Some Greek coast guard members told people on the Tahrir, ‘We don’t want to do this, but we are under orders’.
More detail, including video of the Coast Guard capture of the Tahrir, here.
The captain of the US boat has also been released. The charges against him have not been dropped, but for the time being he is free without bail or any apparent restrictions.
Spanish activists, whose boat is also imp0unded by the Greek regime, have non-violently ‘occupied’ the Spanish embassy in Athens, demanding that their government intercede to allow their boat to go to Gaza.
A French boat, the Dignite-El Karama, appears to have reached international waters enroute to Gaza.