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Roger Waters joins Gaza Freedom March Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 18 December 2009

On December 31st, more than a thousand people from 42 countries around the world - including Roger Waters - will join an estimated 50,000 Gazans in a historical march to break the siege of Gaza. The date will mark the one-year anniversary since the beginning of the three-week attack on Gaza (as a retaliatory move) that left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead, 100,000 homeless, and agricultural land destroyed.

For more information on the march, and the campaign, visit www.GazaFreedomMarch.org.

UPDATE: Roger has issued the following for the campaign:

A message of solidarity with THE GAZA FREEDOM MARCH by Roger Waters
27 December 2009

My name is Roger Waters. I am an English musician living in the USA. I am writing to express my great admiration for and solidarity with the 1360 men and women from 42 different countries around the World who are gathering in Egypt, preparing for The Gaza Freedom March. We all watched, aghast, the vicious attack made a year ago on the people of Gaza by Israeli armed forces and the ongoing illegal siege. The suffering wrought on the population of Gaza by both the invasion and the siege is unimaginable to us outside the walls. The aim of The Freedom March is to focus world attention on the plight of the Palestinian people in Gaza in the hope that the scales will fall from the eyes of all, ordinary, decent people round the world, that they may see the enormity of the crimes that have been committed, and demand that their governments bring all possible pressure to bear on Israel to lift the siege.

I use the word 'crimes' advisedly, as both the siege and the invasion have been declared unlawful by United Nations bodies and leading human rights organizations. If we do not all observe international law, if some governments think themselves above it, it is but a few short, dark, steps to barbarism and anarchy.

The Gaza Freedom March is a beacon to all those of us who believe that under the skin, we are all brothers and sisters, who must stand shoulder to shoulder, if we are to make a future where all have recourse to law and universal human rights. Where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not just the preserve of the few. All the oil in The Middle East is not worth one child's life. So to those of you who march, I tip my hat. It is a brave and noble thing you do, and when you reach your goal please tell our Palestinian brothers and sisters, that out here, beyond the Walls of their Prison, stand hundreds of thousands of us in solidarity with them. Today, hundreds of thousands, tomorrow, millions, soon, hundreds of millions.

We Shall Overcome.

Roger Waters

 
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