Solidarity manifesto for journalist Al-Qiq, on hunger strike and on the verge of death, delivered at Palestinian Embassy

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The Palestine ambassador, Carlos Aznarez and Mariano Pacheco
The Palestine ambassador, Carlos Aznarez and Mariano Pacheco
The Palestine ambassador, Carlos Aznarez and Mariano Pacheco
Palestinian Ambassador Husni Abdel Wahed talks with Carlos Aznárez and Mariano Pacheco on the status of prisoner Muhammad Al-Qiq

Source Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn / February 2, 2016.

An act of solidarity with the Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qiq took place last Tuesday afternoon when the director of Resumen Latinoamericano, Carlos Aznárez, accompanied by journalists Mariano Pacheco (Minister of Culture, of Córdoba’s Press Union) and Sebastian Salgado, HispanTV correspondent in Argentina, gave Palestine ambassador Husni Abdel Wahed an open letter written by Aznárez, which within 48 hours received hundreds of signatures from Argentina, and from around the world, demanding the immediate release of Al-Qiq.

The Palestinian journalist has been imprisoned for three months in an ‘administrative detention’, a figure used by the government and the Israeli courts to imprison thousands of Palestinians for an indefinite amount of time. To protest the measure, Al-Qiq began a hunger strike  70 days ago, which today has led him to the brink of death, as reported by Palestinian human rights organizations.

Palestinian ambassador Hasni Wahed welcomed the joint initiative and stressed the cruelty with which Israel unsuccessfully tries to break the resistance of a whole people. There are others like al-Qiq: more than 4,500 men and women have been confined in prison-tombs for years, and thousands of them did not even have a trial, and they try to wear them out every day.

The journalists who delivered the manifesto said that “in just over 48 hours, numerous journalists and personalities from many countries sent us their adherence to the writings of Aznárez and demanded the immediate release of our colleague, who detained in appalling health conditions”. The signatories include Argentine Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo-Founding Line, Nora Cortiñas, writer and journalist Stella Calloni, political scientist Atilio Boron, actor Norman Briski, and the president of the Argentine League for Human Rights, Graciela Rosenblum. From Cuba also came the solidarity of the Cuban Five and their families, and renowned journalists revolutionary Cuban media. From Venezuela a number of journalists also adhered to the statement.

The petition is already circulating social networks and several radios and agencies have published it as a way of reaching greater visibility. It was also sent to Israeli media.
Read the petition here

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