We demand the immediate release of the Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, a political prisoner held by Israel. Ahmad Sa’adat is the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and has been elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council. He is opposed to Israeli occupation of Palestine, an occupation supported and financed by the U.S. government. This heroic leader of the Palestinian people faces trial in an Israeli military court. The military court has no legitimate authority to try Ahmad Sa’adat. The prosecutors have no jurisdiction. He faces lawless judges who know the verdict before the trial begins. Ahmad Sa’adat has done nothing wrong. This former school teacher represents the best aspirations of the Palestinian people to be free. Israel has no right to place a Palestinian leader on trial for leading a political group in his own country amongst his own people. Free Palestine! Free Sa’adat! |
For more information go to: http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/
Liliany (Lily) Obando who is a Colombian trade union organizer with FENSUAGRO, the largest peasant and agricultural workers federation in Colombia. She writes academic papers and makes documentary films about the struggles of Colombian campesinos. On Aug. 8, Lily was arrested and imprisoned by the ‘anti-terrorism unit’ of the Colombian National Police. She has been charged with “rebellion” and “managing resources related to terrorist activities.” Her story is tragically familiar in a country where thousands of trade unionists have been threatened, arrested or killed by the U.S.-backed Colombian government. End Plan Colombia! Free Lily Obando!
In 2004 the U.S. began a new form of intervention in Colombia. The U.S. kidnapped and extradited Colombian rebel leader Ricardo Palmera of the FARC-EP while he was planning a U.N. negotiation for a prisoner exchange. The U.S. violated the sovereignty of both Ecuador and Colombia, damaging peace efforts. The U.S. continues to hold Professor Palmera in solitary confinement following four kangaroo trials. Despite attempts to stack the trials against him, three ended in mistrials. The Bush White House was forced to admit defeat and dropped nine out of ten terrorism and drug charges–even with all the legal advantages to the U.S. prosecutors. Palmera is now serving a sentence of sixty years for being a member of a conspiracy–the FARC, the largest rebel insurgency in Latin America. End Plan Colombia! Free Palmera!
For more information go to: http://freericardopalmera.org/
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