Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cuba launches campaign in solidarity with Comrade Sa'adat

 PFLP website

A campaign in solidarity with the imprisoned leader, Comrade Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, launched in Havana, Cuba on October 15, 2010, with Arab, Cuban and international participants.

Alfonso Fraga, General Secretary of OSPAAAL, the Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America attnded the event, as did the editor of Tricontinental magazine and Gomez Abascal, Cuba's representative to the Arab countries. A representative of the Venezuelan embassy and of the Socialist Unity Party of Venezuela attended as did representatives of accredited foreign parties in uba, in addition to the Palestinian ambassador to Cuba, Dr. Akram Samhan, and Comrade Basil Ismail, representative of the PFLP in Cuba.

Comrade Ismail recalled the statements of Comrade Sa'adat, in particular his defense of the Palestinian people's right to resist the occupation and his defiance of the illegal occupation courts. He denounced any return to negotiations with Israel and demanded complete freedom for all Palestinian prisoners. The event also included a documentary film in Spanish dedicated to the Palestinian prisoners and the leader, Ahmad Sa'adat.

In addition, an International Conference on Political Prisoners was organized in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 22-25, 2010, with participants from around the world, including Comrade Dr. Maryam Abu Daqqa, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, Salah Salah of the Palestinian Cuban Friendship Association, and other Palestinian activists from the Arab world and the diaspora. Comrade Abu Daqqa gave the opening address, focusing on the struggle of Palestinian prisoners, particularly the case of Comrade Sa'adat, discussing his isolation for over 500 days.

Comrade Abu Daqqa emphasized the importance of Palestinian participation in such forums to raise the issue of Palestinian prisoners, a central part of the struggle to liberate Palestine. The conference discussed prisoners from Mexico to the Philippines, and screened a film on the five Cuban prisoners held by the United States, as well as a Danish film about Palestinian child prisoners. The conference concluded with a call to increase pressure on countries to release political prisoners on an international level.