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18 white doves released when gate opens for Vanunu


18 white doves to be released when the gate opens for Vanunu

April 20, 2004 For immediate release Contact: Rayna Moss, 051 368 236 For more information, see http://www.vanunu.co.uk, http://www.vanunu.com, http://www.vanunu.org

Today 200 international and Israeli activists gathered for a vigil at Ashkelon Prison in anticipation of Mordechai Vanunu's release tomorrow. Some of Vanunu's supporters tied black cloths across their mouths to symbolize the possible imposed silence of restrictions. They held signs with a smiling photo of Mordechai Vanunu which read "Thank you, Mordechai Vanunu - Peace Hero, Nuclear Whistleblower".

Supporters of Mordechai Vanunu from around the world will gather on the day of his release, April 21, to welcome him to freedom. The gathering of human rights, peace and anti-nuclear activists from many countries will gather at 8 a.m. across the road from Ashkelon Prison. At 9 a.m. there will be an open forum for people to voice their support for Dr. Vanunu.

At the moment of Dr. Vanunu's release, 18 white doves will be released, one for each year of the nuclear whistleblower's imprisonment.

The International Campaign to Free Vanunu continues to stand with Mordechai Vanunu in condemnation of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East and around the world. We continue to look for a free and open debate on the more than 200 Israeli thermonucle ar weapons his revelations exposed 18 years ago.

We eagerly anticipate his first steps into freedom and condemn any restrictions that may be imposed .

Hundreds of people in over 12 cities around the world will gather tomorrow, April 21, to celebrate Mordechai Vanunu's release from Ashkelon Prison and condemn any restrictions.

There will be vigils in New York City, Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Rome, Lisbon, London, Bristol, Dublin, Sydney and Wellington.

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