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Preparation For Protest Against G4S Complicity In Torture Of Palestinian Children
11 October 2012
Protest outside G4S HQ,
Southside, 105 Victoria St.,
London SW1E 6QT
@3pm on Fri 12th Oct 2012
(Closest tube station :
Victoria and St.James Park )
As final preparations are made for tomorrows protest (Friday 12th October 2012) at G4S's complicity in the torture and caging of Palestinian children we share a glimpse of the placards and leaflets that activists will hold and give out outside the headquarters of G4S UK in London tomorrow at 3pm.
The British-Danish security firm G4S is providing security systems to help Israel secure prisons and interrogation centres where Palestinian children are being caged and tortured. These include Ofer prison in the occupied territory where G4S provides the perimeter defense system and the central command control room for the entire facility, and the notorious Al Jalame interrogation centre in northern Israel with its Cell 36 where Defence for Children International reported children are locked in small filthy cells in solitary confinement, some for 65 days, with their only escape being the interrogation room where they are shackled by their hands and feet to a chair whilst being abused, sometimes for hours. G4S provides the security system that keep this torture den operational.
G4S also provides services and equipment to the illegal Israeli settlements, checkpoints, police stations, etc.
G4S side of leaflet
Solidarity with the hunger strikers
We will also be protesting in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers. Friday 12th October will mark Ayman Sharawna's 104th day without food and Samer Al-Issawi will be on his 73rd day of hunger strike.
Both men were released as part of the Shalit swap deal Israel made, but once Israeli soldier Shalit was released Israel reneged on the deal and re-arrested both men. Both been imprisoned under Israel's infamous 'administrative detention' which means they have not been charged with anything and there is no trial and yet they have been locked up indefinitely on a rolling 6 month prison sentence. Lawyers visiting the two hunger strikers on 8th October said their health is rapidly deteriorating and immediate intervention is needed to save their lives.
Israeli doctors are trying to pressure Ayman al-Sharawna by withholding his needed medication until he agrees to end his hunger strike. He has lost vision in his right eye and has lost sensation in all parts of his body and has been vomiting blood. Samir al-Issawi, suffers from dizziness, permanent headache and several chronic diseases. The Israeli prison service is refusing to transfer him to the prisons medical centre for treatment.
Hunger Striker side of leaflet
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