Protest outside French Embassy in Lebanon for Release of Long-time Prisoner in France

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During the visit of French President Francois Hollande to Lebanon on Sunday, November 4, dozens of Lebanese gathered outside the French Embassy in Beirut demanding the release of Lebanese activist Georges Abdullah who has been jailed in France since 1984 over alleged involvement in the killing of a US security official and an Israeli diplomat.

The protestors raised signs and posters of Abdullah and shouted statements demanding his release.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Simon Abdullah, Georges’ brother:
“Today, the French President is coming to Lebanon to teach us democracy and tell us about human rights and freedom. At the same time, his jails imprison a young man for 28 years in violation of the French law. We hope that the Lebanese authorities remind France’s President that there is a prisoner in the French jails and that if he talks about democracy let him release Georges Abdullah.”

Abdullah used to be a communist activist and he was sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison but he remained in custody in France for the past 28 years.

His brother Joseph claims that George’s detention is due to American and Israeli pressure and because Lebanon has not demanded his release from the French authorities.

Abdullah always says in courtrooms that he would return to his struggle to liberate Palestine from the Israelis once he is released.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 4, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: November 4, 2012
Length: 0:01:42
Video Size: 84.1 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, dozens of protestors outside the French Embassy in Beirut
2. Medium shot, a group of security men outside the French Embassy
3. Medium shot, sign at the French Embassy in Beirut reading “AMBASSADE DE FRANCE”
4. Various shots of protestors raising signs and posters of Georges Abdullah and shouting statements demanding his release
5. Various shots of protestors holding posters of Georges Abdullah reading “I am Georges Abdullah”
6. Tilt down, a protestor raising a sign with Abdullah’s picture reading “Enough 29 years of oppression… Freedom to Georges Abdullah”
7. Various shots of today’s meeting of French President François Hollande with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman
8. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Simon Abdullah, Georges’ brother:
“Today, the French President is coming to Lebanon to teach us democracy and tell us about human rights and freedom. At the same time, his jails imprison a young man for 28 years in violation of the French law. We hope that the Lebanese authorities remind France’s President that there is a prisoner in the French jails and that if he talks about democracy let him release Georges Abdullah.” 9. Various shots of protestors raising signs and posters of Georges Abdullah and shouting statements demanding his release
10. Wide shot, dozens of protestors lined up and holding a large sign reading “Freedom to struggler Georges Abdullah”

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