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Alert: Sat 10th Jan 2015 - Picket Cirque du Soleil - Say No To Apartheid!


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6 January 2015



Date: Saturday 10th January 2015 2:30 - 4:00pm
Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP (0.5 mile from South Kensington tube station)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1521107814837244


www.inminds.com, 6th January 2015

Cirque du Soleil is a contemporary circus based in Montreal, Quebec with an estimated annual revenue of US $810 million. In 2012 they breached the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and performed in Israel. In 2014 they where once again scheduled to perform in Israel in summer, we picketed their performances in London in January. They subsequently cancelled their Israel performance due to security reasons with the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza at full flow at the time. But now they have been rebooked to perform their 'Quidam' show for 11 performances at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena in July 2015.

We are asking Cirque du Soleil to this time not turn their backs on the oppressed, but to face up to the ugly reality of apartheid, and to respect the Palestinian call to boycott apartheid Israel by cancelling their performances in Tel Aviv.

We will be picketing their performance in London at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 10th January 2014, and speaking to their fans whom we are sure will want Cirque du Soleil to stand on the side of justice and against apartheid.

Please join us on Saturday 10th January outside the Royal Albert Hall at 2:30pm.


MESSAGE TO CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (from leaflet)

In the name of Justice, we call on Cirque du Soleil to cancel your scheduled performances in Tel Aviv in July 2015, and to stand with the Palestinians who have called for a boycott of Israel.

Whilst you are performing in London today, children are suffering under occupation in Palestine. In 2014, 1266 Palestinian children were abducted, 40% of the 600 taken in Jerusalem alone were sexually abused by Israeli soldiers during arrest or interrogation. Torture is a routine part of interrogation. One boy, Ali Shamlawi, abducted from his home nearly two years ago, was held at Al Jalame childrens dungeon in solitary confinement in a filthy windowless 1m by 2m hole in the ground for two weeks and then violently tortured and sexual threats made against his sister in order to coerce a confession from him of stone throwing. If he is convicted, and the conviction rate for Palestinian children in Israeli military courts is 99.74%, then he will face over 25 years imprisonment.. essentially for no crime other than being Palestinian.

In 2012 the Palestinian Circus School requested you not perform in Israel:

"We do not take lightly calling for Cirque du Soleil, or any circus for that matter, to not perform in Israel, especially since we ourselves are totally committed to the art of circus and are committed to bringing the circus everywhere we can. However, for circus to be faithful to its art form, we are also unrelentingly committed to human rights. Thus, we write to request that Cirque du Soleil reconsider its planned performance in Israel, and join other artists from around the world who have called on you to support human rights and the right of all people to be free from military occupation."

Yet you chose to ignore their plea and crossed the picket line of the oppressed to perform for the oppressor in Aug 2012. This is your chance to redeem yourselves and follow your conscience to stand on the right side of history, to stand against racism and occupation. Don't again turn your back on the oppressed, cancel your Israel performance.


"Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa's Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes – and it surely will come – when the wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve." ~ Roger Waters, Pink Floyd

“Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” ~ Nelson Mandela


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BANNER DESIGN

We designed a 5ft x 6ft generic banner for cultural boycott events..



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