Palestinians in Gaza protest for Georges Abdallah release
Demonstrators outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City on 21 January 2013. (Photo: PFLP.PS)

Palestinians in Gaza protest for Georges Abdallah release

Dozens of Palestinian leftists rallied outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City on Monday to demand the immediate release of Lebanese prisoner Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.

Protesters chanted anti-French slogans and carried banners of the former-Marxist rebel who has been jailed in France for over 28 years.

They also tagged walls around the cultural center with graffiti reading “Freedom to Georges Abdallah.” The demonstration was organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The demonstration follows a week of similar protests across Lebanon calling for Abdallah’s release.

His supporters have remained camped outside the French Embassy in Beirut since January 14 when Interior Minister Manuel Valls refused to sign an extradition order, effectively postponing Abdallah’s repatriation to Lebanon scheduled for that day.

Abdallah was granted parole on 21 November 2012. Prosecutors in December appealed the decision, but the ruling was upheld in court earlier this month despite US and Israeli pressure to keep him locked up.

French officials are now scheduled to meet on January 28 to formalize the Abdallah’s parole, but his supporters fear more delays.

He has remained in prison since 1984 over complicity in the killings two years earlier of an American military officer and an Israeli diplomat.

He was handed a life sentence in 1987 despite the absence of concrete evidence to implicate him in the murders.

Source: Al-Akhbar

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