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Issue #1599      June 26, 2013

Comrade Riad Issa freed from prison

Comrade Riad Said Abdulaziz Issa was released from occupation prisons after 20 years behind bars on Sunday, June 9, returning to Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, Gaza, Palestine. A rally and march in Rafah welcomed him, including a number of cadres and members of the Front, his family and friends, and family members of other prisoners, who carried Palestinian flags and PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) banners.

Participants chanted for the freedom of all prisoners, and for soldiers to be captured in order to liberate prisoners. Comrade Issa was arrested on June 10, 1993, accused of belonging to the Front and its military organisations and being part of military operations during the first Intifada.

His mother and father died while he was a prisoner in Israeli jails, both of whom were prohibited from visiting their son by the occupation authorities. Issa participated in various protests and strikes inside the occupation prisons, and was subject to isolation on multiple occasions.

Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the PFLP, Comrade Abdel-Rahim Mallouh, the Deputy General Secretary, and the Front congratulated Issa and his family and comrades upon his freedom after 20 years in occupation prisons. The PFLP in Rafah has opened a congratulatory tent for people to greet Comrade Issa in front of his home.

Issa spoke to the Voice of the People radio station, saying that the conditions of prisoners inside the occupation prisons is very difficult and they are subjected on a regular basis to arbitrary repressive actions by the prison administration. Issa urged all of our people and the Palestinian leadership to prioritize the issue of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. Issa was one of the veteran, pre-Oslo prisoners in Israeli jails and served his full sentence of 20 years.   

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