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American activists detained in a Greek port

American activists detained in a Greek port
Monday, July 4, 2011 - 7:46am

American activists aiming to defy Israel's sea blockade of Gaza, remain detained in a Greek port. The ship "The Audacity of Hope" has been docked at the Greek coast guard shipyard since activists attempted to set sail for Gaza last friday. The ship was hoping to join an international human rights movement known as The Freedom Flotilla.

The campaign experienced a major setback when the Greek Foreign Ministry announced on friday that it had banned the flotilla from sailing out. Greek authorities then arrested the captain of a boat when he tried to leave Greece without permission. Nine activists on a Turkish boat were killed last year in an Israeli raid on a similar flotilla, and Israel eased its land blockade after an international uproar over the incident.


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