Thanks for a Successful Rally on November 13 in Support of Hassan Diab!

Thanks to all the supporters who turned out at the rally in Ottawa on Sunday, November 13, 2022, marking the 8th anniversary of Hassan Diab’s extradition and demanding that the Canadian Government protect Hassan from further injustice.

For videos of the speakers at the event, click: here

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Participants gathered to protest against France’s decision to put Hassan Diab on trial in April 2023, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. In 2018, two French investigating judges dismissed all charges against Hassan and freed him unconditionally. All the so-called “evidence” that was presented by France to justify Hassan’s extradition in 2014 has been withdrawn, discredited, or rejected. France has offered NO new “evidence” against Hassan. On the contrary, the alibi evidence showing that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing has proven unshakable.

At the rally, Matthew Behrens (Social justice advocate; coordinator of the “Homes not Bombs” non-violent direct action network) was MC.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Deborah Conners and students from her class at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University
  • Rev. Eric Meter (First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa)
  • Eric Schiller (Retired Professor from the University of Ottawa, human rights advocate, and member of the Quakers in Ottawa)
  • Susan Spronk (Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Board Member, Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at Ottawa University)
  • Michelle Weinroth (Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Writer)

Also, statements were read from:

  • Don Davies (NDP Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway since 2008)
  • Diana Ralph (Member and learning coordinator of Or Haneshamah Synagogue and co-cofounder of Independent Jewish Voices)

The Ottawa Raging Grannies sang a song.