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Barghouthi calls for civil disobedience in support of the prisoners' strike

A Palestinian protester seen with a banner of Marwan Barghouti, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with hunger-striker prisoners in Ramallah, West Bank on April 21, 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
A Palestinian protester seen with a banner of Marwan Barghouti, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with hunger-striker prisoners in Ramallah, West Bank on April 21, 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouthi called Nakba Day commemorations to be united with support for the hunger striking prisoners until total civil and national disobedience sparks.

In his message from his cell where he is being held in solitary confinement, Barghouthi promised all prisoners and the Palestinian people to continue the battle of freedom and dignity for Palestine until achieving its objectives, stressing that nothing breaks the will of the prisoners which stems from the will of the Palestinian people.

In the letter published by Ma’an, Barghouthi said that the prisoners are entering a new phase in the prisoners’ movement and in the struggles of the Palestinian people for freedom.

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He strongly condemned the brutal attack on the hunger strikers when hundreds were harassed and moved for 18 hours a day, preventing them from accessing their lawyers and putting them in solitary confinement.

All such Israeli action will simply increase the prisoners’ determination and belief in victory, he stressed.

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Barghouthi appealed for national reconciliation and renewal of dialogue in support of holding a national conference for comprehensive dialogue in order to reach a document of covenant and partnership and in order to maintain Palestinian representation, as well as preventing the collapse of the Palestinian political system.

He also called for the immediate formation of a government of national unity, with the participation of all, as well as the restoration of national cohesion in the face of colonial occupation. This, he added, is what the hunger strikers are an embodiment of.

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