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Minneapolis protest demands: Drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh

By Mick Kelly |
November 13, 2013
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Meredith Aby, of the Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression, speaking at Nov
Meredith Aby, of the Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression, speaking at Nov. 13 protest. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN – Chanting “Justice for Rasmea, drop the charges now,” about 35 protesters gathered in front of the Federal Building here, Nov. 13, to stand in solidarity with the widely respected Chicago Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. The protest, which coincided with Odeh’s arraignment in Detroit’s federal court, was one of the solidarity actions held around the U.S. Odeh is facing a possible ten year sentence and deportation on a trumped up immigration charge.

Meredith Aby of the Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression told the crowd, “Today we stand with Rasmea Odeh, and against those who would silence and imprison her. This attack is another example of the continuing repression of Palestinians and people who stand in solidarity with them. Homeland Security, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s office are carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We ask all those who have stood with us against the government attack on our organizing, to stand with us today to support Rasmea.” Aby is one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists whose homes were raided by the FBI in 2010.

Anti-war activist Jess Sundin also spoke to protesters, urging them build the defense campaign for Rasmea Odeh in the coming months.