(Photo: PIC)
(Photo: PIC)

Istanbul, 16 Rajab 1436/5 May 2015 (MINA) – The pro-Palestine Italian cyclist Andrea De Plasio arrived from Rome to Istanbul by bicycle in a solidarity journey covering over 5,000 kilometers.

On his way to Istanbul, Plasio passed through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and Greece in a bike journey that lasted two months and a half.

The Anadolu News Agency quoted De Plasio as stating that his trip was, for the most part, motivated by his sincere love for the Palestinian people and his unyielding support of the Palestinian cause.

He said people everywhere in the world are sticking up with Palestinians all along their fight for freedom.

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He said the trip is the concrete reverberation of a set of choices and rights of his own. De Plasio is expected to spend a few days in Istanbul before heading for a 10-day stopover in Palestine.

He expressed his wish to spend the rest of his lifetime in Palestine, saying he is very sad because his dream can hardly, if ever, see the day.

De Plasio reiterated the depoliticized nature of his standpoint, saying his solidarity with the Palestinian people stems rather from a humanitarian call launched by a cause that speaks for itself. (T/P011/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)