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To: DoctorZIn; All
Here is breaking news from Haaretz's news ticker:
21:40 Spokesman for unarmed protesters holed up on Lufthansa plane says they are on hunger strike, prepared to die.

And has this:
Group of Iranians refuses to leave Lufthansa plane on runway of Brussels international airport until its letter is handed to NATO. Airport police are not treating standoff as hijack. Probable Iranian opposition group is reportedly unarmed.

11 posted on 03/10/2005 12:17:41 PM PST by Reborn
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To: All
Here is more on this:

'Iranians' occupy plane in protest

From correspondents in Brussels, Belgium
March 11, 2005

A GROUP of passengers of Iranian origin refused to disembark from a plane at Brussels airport in an apparent political protest today, police and airline staff said.

The 59 unarmed passengers were talking to the authorities, police spokeswoman Els Cleemput said, after other passengers and crew left the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt and the pilot disabled the plane.

Belgium's RTL television said the group were Iranian monarchists and had handed a statement to police protesting about European Union relations with the Islamic republic.

They demanded to meet European parliamentarians or ambassadors.

The EU is negotiating to try to persuade Tehran to curtail sensitive nuclear work, which could help it produce a bomb, in return for trade and security benefits.

"They have all got European passports but they are probably all of Iranian origin," Mr Cleemput said.

"They have definitely got political motives."

A Lufthansa spokesman said the plane, a Boeing 737, had landed in Brussels's Zaventem airport at 2pm local time on schedule with 103 passengers and crew.

"A few passengers refused to disembark. They seemed peaceful," he said.

"It appears to be a political demonstration in an unusual location."

Police said the protesters had refused food.

Air traffic continued as normal at Brussels National Airport and another plane was allowed to dock in the next bay, indicating the authorities saw no threat from the protesters.

A spokesman for the group said they were on a hunger strike and were prepared to die for their cause to see the overthrow of the Iranian government.

"We won't be moved from here unless we die and they take our bodies from the airplane," said the man who gave only his first name, Ira, in a telephone interview from the plane.

13 posted on 03/10/2005 12:41:00 PM PST by Reborn
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