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Worldwide Vigil Reports - from Vancouver

September 30

(See the pictures from this event at http://vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2003/09/70086.php)

This year's Vigil for Mordechai Vanunu was a colourful affair. There were approximately 30 participants, including members of the Vancouver Folk Song Society and Raging Grannies. Songs from the Middle East and special lyrics for Mordechai set to the Johnny Cash song, "Folsom Prison Blues", drew the attention of pedestrians, who were offered leaflets about Mordechai, with his poem, "I Am Your Spy" on the reverse side.

The International Petition for Mordechai's immediate release was available for people to sign. As well, participants and passersby were offered the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for Mordechai's birthday on October 11. Photos will be taken of the messages and will be forwarded to him, together with the leaflet, enclosed in a normal-sized birthday card as the Askelon prison authorities refused last year's giant birthday card.

Approximately 900 leaflets were distributed during the Vigil. Vancouver's Co-operative Radio station interviewed me on Monday morning, September 29, and a very interesting interview was conducted the next evening with Mordecai Briemberg on Voice of Palestine, also on Co-op Radio. Many details of Mordechai's life, imprisonment and international efforts to free him were discussed during this broadcast.

Barbara Cullen, Organizer


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