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(en) Canada, Montreal, Saturday September 18th: A Popular Mobilization Against Deportation of Palestinians from Canada

From la CLAC! <clac@taktic.org>
Date Sun, 12 Sep 2004 10:21:50 +0200 (CEST)

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[The following mobilization has been endorsed by the CLAC, and is being
actively supported by No One Is Illegal (a CLAC group), both
anti-authoritarian/anarchist groups based in Montreal.]
A Popular Mobilization Against Deportation of Palestinians from Canada
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18th, 2004 Gathering Point: 2PM Corner
Atwater & St. Catherine {metro Atwater}
>From the Refugee Camps of Lebanon & Palestine to the Streets
of Montreal!
For more than one year Palestinian refugees in Montreal and throughout
Canada have been struggling against deportation and fighting for their
status. On September 18th, the Coalition Against the Deportation of
Palestinian Refugees and their supporters are calling for your
participation in a large-scale demonstration on the streets of Montreal.

It is a critical time to show your solidarity with the Palestinian
refugees, as many of the deportations are set to take place in the coming
weeks and months. In Montreal, Palestinian refugees have already been
forced by Immigration Canada to live underground or take sanctuary, such
as Khalil Ayoub, 67 Nabih Ayoub, 69 and Therese Boulos Haddad, 62 who have
been refugees all their lives, fleeing Palestine in 1948 to the refugee
camps of Lebanon, and ultimately to Canada. The Ayoub family, confined to
the basement of Notre-Dame de Grace Church, were forced to take sanctuary
over 7 months ago to escape deportation.

The September 18th demonstration in Montreal will also commemorate the
thousands of Palestinian refugees who lost their lives in the 1982
massacre of Sabra and Chatila, during the Israeli invasion of Beirut. The
Palestinian refugees facing deportation are the sons and daughters of the
very same refugee camps, which suffered throughout the 15-year long
Lebanese civil-war. They are the sons and daughters of Sabra & Chatila,
Tel El Zaatar and Bourj El Barajneh, stateless refugees representing a
history of displacement, which began in 1948. As we remember the massacre
of Sabra & Chatila - one of the deepest wounds in the Palestinian
consciousness - we will demonstrate in solidarity with the struggle of
Palestinians here in Canada!

We will march on the streets of Montreal within the context of a political
campaign that has been waged throughout Canada during the past year in
support of the Palestinian refugees facing deportation. Thousands of
people throughout the country have participated in street demonstrations,
and thousands more have pressured Citizenship & Immigration Canada in
support of the refugees. Wide sections of society are standing in
solidarity with the struggle against Palestinian deportations, including
the Arab and Muslim community, self-organized immigrants and refugees,
major labour unions, countless community groups, major political parties,
faith based organizations and thousands of individuals from throughout the
world. With this strong backing, we intend to intensify the struggle
against Palestinian deportations this September.

We must stand united in the struggle against the deportation of
Palestinian refugees! Join us on the streets of Montreal on September 18th
and throughout the month of September for a popular mobilization against
the deportation of Palestinian refugees.

Your support, solidarity and action is needed now!

For more information or to get involved contact:
The Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees in Montreal
Phone: 514 591 3171
Email: refugees@riseup.net
Web: http://refugees.resist.ca

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