Marianne is headed for Gaza

13 May


Ship to Gaza’s ‘Marianne’ sets off for Gaza (photo: Freedom Flotilla Coalition)

Press release from Ship to Gaza – Sweden10 May 2015

Marianne of Gothenburg will leave her home port at 7pm on the 10 of May. The trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway jointly, departs for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles to eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Marianne will join other ships and together they will form the “Freedom Flotilla III” in order to perform a peaceful, nonviolent action to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In passing Marianne will call at European ports for manifestations against the blockade. The First three ports will be Helsingborg, Malmö and Copenhagen. The subsequent ports will be announced in press releases.

Marianne is not a cargo-ship, but she will bring a limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment.

The solar cell panels are a gift from ETC-El. In the blockaded Gaza Strip, where the infrastructure has been demolished, solar cells will thus provide an opportunity to independent local production of clean energy. The sun can not be blockaded.

In addition to a crew of five people, Marianne will have up to eight delegates as passengers in each section of the route. The names of these individuals  will be announced as time progress. In the first section are among others:

  • Maria Svensson, pro. tem. spokesperson, Feministiskt initiativ
  • Mikael M Karlsson, Chairperson, Ship to Gaza Sweden
  • Henry Ascher, professor of Public Health, paediatrician
  • Lennart Berggren, filmmaker
  • Dror Feiler, musician, spokesperson of  Ship to Gaza

2 Responses to “Marianne is headed for Gaza”

  1. contraviews May 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Sorry, but I can’t help to be sceptical but if the ships are not accompanied by a warship of one of the participating countries the whole operation is doomed to be an other fiasco. The blockade can be broken by military means only.

    • kiaoragaza June 9, 2015 at 9:24 am #

      The Flotilla is a civil society attempt to raise awareness and challenge the blockade… where world leaders have failed.

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