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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Istanbul marks flotilla raid anniversary


Late Monday night, Over 30,000 people marched to Istanbul's Taksim Square to commemorate the first anniversary of the deadly flotilla raid in which nine activists died. The night was marked with songs, speeches and prayers for the slain activists.

An international coalition of activists said Egypt's removal of a four-year blockade of the Gaza Strip on the weekend will not affect their plans for a new flotilla, which will depart from various European ports in another attempt to break Israel's sea blockade.

The flotilla will try to break Israel's blockade of the territory will consist of around 15 boats with activists from 25 nations compared to just six ships last year.

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