Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Heap, Jesse Freeston, Janine Bandcroft July 1, 2015

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

Another tide of international activists attempting to shore up in besieged Gaza were intercepted by Israel's navy Monday.

The converted fishing vessel, Marianne, flagged out of Gothenburg, Sweden, was boarded and its crew taken prisoner. Among those taken are two Canadians; indigenous activist Richard Lovelace, and Victorian, Kevin Neish. The pair were still in Israeli custody at the time of this writing, though their colleagues are not entirely certain of the fate of the two intrepids.

Neish was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish registered passenger liner attacked in 2010 by Israeli commandos; an attack costing the lives of nine.

David Heap is a Canadian spokesperson for the Freedom Flotilla Coalition's Canada Gaza Boat.

Listen. Hear.

David Heap in the first half.

And; resistance is rife; wherever oppression and dispossession are the order of the day, people will stand up and fight back. In Honduras, June 28th marks the anniversary of a crime against the people; a crime that continues six years later. On that infamous date, a coup ousted the legitimate government of Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, taking power at the barrel of a gun, and taking Honduras back to a time most had hoped would never return. Since 2009, the generalissimos have dashed all democratic and economic reforms made to empower the poorest, while murdering all who would oppose them. But the opposition persists.

Jesse Freeston is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and videojournalist. A seminal member of the Real News Network, he's now moved into directing documentaries for teleSUR, the world's largest Spanish-language public broadcaster. His latest film is Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley, is temporarily available for free online viewing in remembrance of the day democracy died in Honduras.

Jesse Freeston and Hasta La Resistencia, Siempre! in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from the streets of the city at a demonstration in solidarity with our comrade Kevin Neish at the bottom of the hour. But first, David Heap and the latest on the taking of the Marianne.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

David Heap:  Associate professor (French and Linguistics)  at the University of Western Ontario and  father of two, David Heap participated in the 2009-2010 Gaza Freedom March.  A Steering Cmtee member with the Canadian Boat to Gaza since the campaign began in 2010, he was on board the Tahrir when it was stopped by Greek authorities in July 2011, and again in November 2011 when captured by the Israeli navy

Deported to Canada after six days in Israeli prison, he also joined the Swedish ship to Gaza Estelle for part of its voyage in September 2012, representing the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, and he visited Gaza in October 2012 with a group of linguist colleagues (including Chomsky ).

He has spoken about previous Freedom Flotilla voyages and the Gaza Ark campaign (2012-2104) to challenge the blockade from Palestine from the inside out. He is a steering committee member of the Canadian Boat to Gaza, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. 

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