We held a signing on Saturday morning and invited people to sign cards on behalf of four prisoners of conscience. It had been held over from Christmas because we had too many other things on so we were not confident of large numbers. Our other concern was the events in Paris which has hardened some peoples’ attitudes to terrorism in all its forms. Some people equate human rights with ‘supporting terrorists’ and there is the occasional remark along the lines that ‘they must have done something or they wouldn’t be arrested’.
We needn’t have been worried on either count and there was a steady stream of people to sign cards all morning. The cards are generalised greetings fashioned from Christmas cards but with anything religious removed. The only limiting factor in fact was that the table was too small to accommodate the numbers. We secured around 150 signatures and the cards will be posted in batches.
Thanks to all those in the local group who helped.