French authorities detain Gaza activist, awaiting deportation after speaking tour in France – World

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Mariam Abudaqa, a Palestinian activist, was detained in Paris after a court approved her deportation. She planned to leave for Egypt but is currently being held in a Paris police station. The French government has restricted expressions of solidarity with Palestine in response to the attack on Israel by Hamas. Abudaqa, a member of the PFLP, has been affected by the war in Gaza and was prohibited from speaking at the French national assembly due to her involvement with the group. The decision to deport her is seen as part of the criminalization of the Palestinian population. Abudaqa has expressed difficulty in sleeping and fear of receiving more bad news as Israeli strikes on Gaza continue.

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