Passengers on boats to Gaza beaten, denied visits by lawyers, access to family

The take over of the Tahrir and the Saoirse was violent and dangerous. Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner. The whole take over took about 3 hours. Many of those on the Canadian boat were beaten. Information is emerging that Israeli armed forces tactics in confronting the non-violent activists have been violent and dangerous reports a call received directly from Israeli prison. This despite claims from the IDF spokesperson that "every precaution will be taken for the safety of the activists."

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