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The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) on First European Speaking Tour with events in Italy, England and Ireland
Friday, 09 April 2010 05:21
by Press Release

In the wake of child abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic church, a deputation from The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) led by the Media Award Winning Canadian Kevin Annett are on a First European Speaking Tour with events in Italy, England and Ireland. They are attending conferences, rallies and intend to help convene an International Tribunal into crimes against humanity in which Pope Joseph Ratzinger is personally implicated.

Kevin Annett said, "I will be returning to St. Peter's Square in Rome to do what I can to fasten a millstone of truth around the neck of the most murderous institution in human history.

This time, survivors of torture in Catholic Indian residential schools will accompany me, and together we will seek not to reform evil, but to bury it; not with the weapons of this world, but the ones provided us by truth,and heart, and love."

As part of the second leg of the European Speaking Tour, the Canadian delegation are guests at a special UK Conference in Stafford where the Canadian abuse survivors will meet a Scottish abuse survivor on neutral territory: England

Said Chief Louis Daniel, Elder of the Turtle Clan, Anishinabe Nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."

Following Kevin Annett's Italian leg of the European Tour which included Florence, Turin, Genoa and Rome, he and his delegation now move on to the UK and Ireland.

NB Kevin has asked for supporters to bring drums, whistles, rattles and banners to events as we are going to make a big noise! (Charlie Vietch - Love Police- will also be supporting the England tour with megaphone.)

ENGLAND Saturday 10th April: Stafford - 10.30 - 17.00 Stafford Rangers Social Club, Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BX 11-5 Good parking; refreshments available, licensed bar. Canadian Delegation are invited speakers at full day Conference: 'Child Stealing by the State' with special guests Ann and Hollie Greig and other UK speakers

Entry free/donations. See www.ukcolumn.org

Sunday 11th April 10am-12noon: London - Memorial rallies starting at Westminster (Catholic) Cathedral and processing to Westminster (Anglican) Abbey to remember the children who died in residential schools run by these two churches. Just turn up! Fliers available for handing out.

Sunday 11th April 6.30 pm: London: Passing Clouds Centre, 1 Richmond Road, London E8 4AA, just off Kingsland Road, behind the pub. Kevin Annett will address public meeting 'The genocide of native people in Canada, and the complicity of the Queen of England in this crime' http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/clubs/passing-clouds-review-28200.html Free Entry/Donations Bar open. contact Nicole Freris 0797 0172 058 (for directions)

Monday 12th April 12 noon: London - Canadian Embassy, Canada House, 5 Trafalgar Square: Protest rally - just turn up. Press conference to indict the Canadian Government and churches of Canada with charges of crimes against humanity.

Monday 12th April London - on to Buckingham Palace (time cannot be estimated - suggest meet outside the Embassy as above and go with the flow) NB the walk from the Canadian Embassy to Buckingham Palace can be expected to take say, 30 mins. Expected route - Trafalgar Square up The Mall - to outside the Gates - ie as close as possible

Tuesday, April 13 University of London from 6-9 pm, SOAS, (School of Oriental and African Studies, Room G2. Main Building, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square. Nearest U/Ground: Russell Square or check SOAS for more routes inc buses www.soas.ac.uk Free entry/Donations

IRELAND Thursday, 15th April 12 noon: Dublin - Outside the Irish Dail (Parliament) Protest Rally - Kevin Annett and delegation will unite with survivors of Catholic Church abuse.

Friday, 16th April 7.30pm: Greystones, Co Wicklow - The Happy Pear, Free Entry/Donations; on street parking

BACKGROUND INFO

1. Kevin Annett has spearheaded a movement to bring to justice the churches that caused the death of thousands of aboriginal children in Christian residential schools in Canada, see www.hiddenfromhistory.org See the award winning film 'UNREPENTANT' (if you can't attend an event)

Check out the short videos that start on the right hand side of the page, third row down - entitled 'Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared.' There are 5 short videos to watch of a demo in Toronto outside a big church.

2. The Tour delegation includes Cree Nation elder Lillian Shirt; Ojibway Nation elder Charles Cook and Kevin's wife Lori who is half Cree Indian.

3. “Kevin is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many who have received it in the past.” Dr. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

UK based Speaking Tour Co-ordinator: penelope.pullen@sky.com Mobile 07855 892465 London Co-ordinator: Belinda b.mckenzie@btinternet.com Mobile 07770 927734


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