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Anti-globalization activist Jose Bove arrested in Occupied West Bank

Anti-globalization activist Jose Bove was arrested by Israeli security forces at a protest in the West Bank on Wednesday along with three other people. The following is from the AFP wire.
French anti-globalization activist Jose Bove outside the Ministry of Agriculture in Quebec City, April 19, 2001. Photo by Gregg Newton (Reuters)

JERUSALEM, June 20 (AFP) -

Jose Bove, French hero of the anti-globalisation movement, was arrested at a protest in the West Bank on Wednesday along with three other people, a member of his visiting delegation told AFP.

Bove was demonstrating along with around 100 Palestinians and Israeli pacifists in the West Bank town of Al-Khader, outside of Bethlehem, to denounce Jewish settlements in the area.

The demonstrators shouted "no to violence" and carried banners that read "Settlers leave here." Two other members of his delegation and an Israeli were arrested, the delegate told AFP in Jerusalem.

Bove started a four-day visit to the Palestinian territories on Monday with a delegation of 11 human rights, union and political activists, notably from his own Peasant Confederation, a radical farmers' syndicate.

The Peasant Confederation, founded in 1987, champions the cause of small producers against the interests of big business and agricultural barons.

Popular French singer Francis Cabrel has described Bove as "one of the last courageous, natural, honest voices left in a world where the rest are tarnished by compromise."

He is currently appealing a three-month prison sentence against him for sacking a McDonald's in southern France in August 1999.



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