Dimitris Gelalis, and Aristidis Papadokostopoulos, two of the Greek peace activists were among others on board on the Turkish ship “Mavi Marmara” accused Israeli troops of killing a Turkish passenger because he was transferring on the internet the images of the piracy attack. The statement of activists was published on Monday in a Greek newspaper.
The witness said: “after half an hour of the Israeli attack and despite the horror of Israeli troops, “Mavi Marmara” was able to broadcast the pictures on the Internet system run by a Turkish volunteer. Then I saw him dead in the press room after he was shot in the head. He added: “It was a priority for the Israelis to stop the broadcasting of the footage of the attack. The Turkish had deployed maybe a hundred cameras on the ship which were able to transmit images about the attack regularly. Then everything was stopped when the person in charge of running the network was shot dead.
Papadokostopoulos said: “during the Israeli attack, the Turkish man went to the media center on the ship at the request of the Turkish captain. After the Israeli commando took control of the ship, they started beating the journalists and smashing the reporter’s cameras, computers and phones”.