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Protests In Dublin As Israel Stops Ship

Saturday, 05 Jun 2010 12:21 PM

DUBLIN, - Hundreds of protestors in Dublin vented anger against the Israeli government Saturday, as Irish-owned aid ship the Rachel Corrie was boarded by Israeli forces before it reached Gaza.

Demonstrators hailed those on board the ship as "heroes", along with people who took part in a flotilla earlier in the week which was intercepted by Israel with the loss of nine lives.

Organisers of the Irish march said up to several thousand people had taken part, but police put the figure in the hundreds.

Kevin Squires, spokesman for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said he was "extremely happy with the turnout".

"It shows that people in Ireland are very angered by the latest Israeli outrages of the last week," he told AFP. "People in Ireland are generally supportive of the Palestinian people's struggle for human rights".

He added that people on the march were still worried about those on board the Rachel Corrie, most of whose passengers are Irish or Malaysian, even though the Israeli boarding was peaceful.

There was "no guarantee that these people will not receive harsh treatment once in Israeli detention," Squires said.

Others spoke of a mood of anger on the march -- and warned of fresh flotilla efforts being prepared.

"I think people are incredibly angry that nine peace activists were murdered in an attempt to intimidate people coming to Gaza," Richard Boyd Barrett, chairman of the Irish Anti-War Movement who was on the march, said.

"There was a real sense of determination, there's other flotillas being prepared".

He added: "I think really what people feel about the Rachel Corrie and the people on the flotilla is that they were heroes and it's inspiring other people to do the same".

Protestors have tried to block access to the Israeli embassy in Dublin in recent days and Boyd Barrett said these efforts would be revived Tuesday in a bid to stop it from opening.

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DUBLIN, - Hundreds of protestors in Dublin vented anger against the Israeli government Saturday, as Irish-owned aid ship the Rachel Corrie was boarded by Israeli forces before it reached Gaza.
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