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Program Information
 Interview 1|2 with Dori Smith of WHUS Storrs 
 Correction to this report
 Christopher Hutchinson, CT Teacher
 Dori Smith  
 Attribution (by) 
Egyptian police beat two Connecticut residents in Cairo for Gaza Freedom March. We spoke with them two hours after they returned from the streets, but they were going back out. News breaking one death in Cairo streets.
A French member of the Gaza Freedom March team has died.


(((Al Jazeera reports Marie Renee has died. Also another woman and man with Renee may have also been seriously injured after being beaten. And another woman has died at Cairo hospital, she was not injured at the hands of police but had a heart attack. ))

Finally, a Moroccan-Italian member of the delegation is at the hospital after being punched in the face, according to Media Benjamin of Codepink.

Produced by Dori Smith
Audio clips: Sam Husseini
Audio clips: The Guardian
Please update this news.

I have been tasked by Ali Abunimah, and Gaza Freedom Marcher to be sure the correct story is presented.

Marie Renee Le Grand died today of a heart attack. It was not during the protests, but before she left the hotel.

The original story was taken from a Ma'an News Agency story that was quickly retracted. Even the story has been edited to say there is no fact source.

Marie Renee Le Grand was of the French delegation AFPS. Their statement on her death is below.

The statements web link is:

Our very dear friend Marie-Renée Le Grand, national leader of our association - Association France Palestine Solidarité - died a natural death December 31, 2009 in Cairo.

It has made its final journey to Gaza, militant labor and determined it was for peace in the Middle East.

We will make it in France homage it deserves.

Without waiting we want to express to her husband Jean-Loup, present also in Cairo for the March of Freedom, and his family, our profound sadness and ensure all our affection.

Jean-Claude Lefort, President of the AFPS


That Gaza had been his last trip for us is symbolic of the commitment of a lifetime.

Marie-Renée Le Grand, our friend, our comrade, died in Cairo.

She arrived alongside militants AFD the march of freedom, determined to break the blockade of Gaza. She died suddenly of cardiac arrest December 31.

Marie-Renee, we have known in Angers in 2001 early in the local group of the AFPS. She was among those with and those that never dulls the ability to revolt and was therefore quite naturally took his place in the struggle for Palestine. Seeing her, one was immediately struck by the energy, determination in his eyes.

Always available for a militant response, she went several times on missions in the Palestinian territories and especially in Jenin under curfew in October 2002. Suppressed without explanation after a night of detention at the airport in Tel Aviv in 2003, she was furious at not being able to go back now and had naturally found in the march for freedom

Member of National Council of the AFD, and BN until our last convention, she had to retire leaving Anjou and its investment in the professional world of psychiatry to join the UK where she had once shared the struggles of peasantry.

That Gaza had been his last trip for us is symbolic of the commitment of a lifetime.

A Jean-Loup Septier his companion, his children and all his family, we extend our sympathy. Let them know that we share their ordeal.

Jean-Paul Roche for the AFPS


Reverend Robert Poe
Chicago Committee Against War and Racism

Thank you for covering Gaza Freedom March. If necessary you may contact me at
December 31, 2009 9:22 PM

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