Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Derry Solidarity Action for Marian Price and Hana al-Shalabi


A demonstration in Derry on Wednesday21st March, will draw a link between Palestinian hunger-striker Hana al-Shalabi and Republican prisoner Marian Price.

The demonstration, organised by Palestinian solidarity campaigners and the Prisons Crisis Group, will be held at five pm in Guildhall Square.

Hana al- Shalabi, 30, has been on hunger strike since being seized by Israeli troops in the West Bank on February 14th. She is being held in “administrative detention” and has not been charged with any offence. She is a political activist in the Islamic Jihad group. She denies any connection with violence.

Marian Price, 58, a member of the 32-County Sovereignty Movement, has been imprisoned since last May when NI Secretary of State Owen Patterson declared a pardon granted 32 years ago cancelled and ordered her to serve out a life sentence. A campaign for her release has been supported by a wide range of groups, including Derry Trades Council and political parties including the SDLP and Sinn Fein.

Said Betty Doherty, spokesperson for the Prisons Crisis Group: “Our group has been focused on prisoners in the North and particularly Marian price. But the parallels with Hana’s case are striking. Both are in prison without charge or trial on the say-so of politicians. That is to say, both are political prisoners who have felt compelled to resort to hunger-strike to make their situation known and their voices heard.

Linking the cases reminds us that the struggle for justice is the same the whole world over. We ask people to bring banners and placards to the Guildhall at five o’clock but most of all to bring themselves.”