US Gaza flotilla activists stage hunger strike in Greece

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July 3, 2011 20:38

 
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Activists intending to participate in the flotilla to Gaza on board the US-flagged ship The Audacity of Hope announced an open-ended hunger strike, aimed at pressuring the US government to allow the ship to set sail to the Strip, organizers said in a press release Sunday.

Eight of the passengers, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin and former CIA official Ray McGovern, were listed as those participated in the hunger strike.

Additionally, the group said it would be holding a protest in front of the US embassy in Athens to publicly make their call to the US government. "We call on officials at the US embassy in Athens to publicly acknowledge our right to sail and to call on the Greek government to free our ship and its captain immediately," American activist and hopeful flotilla passenger Kathy Kelly said in the statement.

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