Jordan unionists blast Greece for banning sail of Gaza flotilla
Scores of Jordanian trade unionists demonstrated in Amman on Tuesday against a Greek government ban on the departure of flotilla ships seeking to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, dpa reported
Protesters gathered in front of the Greek embassy, carrying placards describing the move as "an irresponsible action that bows to the Zionist-American will in perpetuating the Gaza siege."
On Friday, the Greek authorities banned vessels heading to the Gaza Strip from leaving the country's ports.
Greece's Civil Protection Ministry said the coast authorities had been instructed to take "all appropriate measures" to carry out the ban.
"We are surprised to see Athens, known as the cradle of democracy and Western civilization, act as a guard on behalf of the Zionist soldiers and seize the boats which carry aid to the besieged children and women of Gaza," said Mohammad Ababneh, the chairman of the Trade Unions Council.
Ababneh urged the Greek people to put pressure on their government to rescind the decision and "stand by justice and against oppression by allowing the flotilla ships to sail."