[News] Hamas suppresses anti-division protest in Gaza

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  Hamas suppresses anti-division protest in Gaza

June 18, 2018
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PNN/ Gaza/

Members of the ruling Hamas movement on Monday assaulted citizens who 
took part in a rally headed by Prisoners and ex-prisoners Committee  and 
factions in the strip,  on the 11th anniversary of the Hamas coup 
against the Palestinian Authority.

The protest called for the end of the division between the two major 
Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, calling for a national unity.

According to eyewitnesses, at 11:30 in the afternoon, dozens of Hamas 
members wearing black shirts  entered the protest area and tried to 
approach the center of the gathering, despite the participants’ 
assertion that the movement is Patriotic, attacked the platform, broke 
it, and cracked the speakers.

Hamas forces attacked the protesters, who included representatives of 
prisoners, journalists, employees, and representatives of the national 
action and civil society organizations from all the provinces.

For its part, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine 
(PFLP) leftist movement praised the masses that demanded end of the 
division and the abolition of PA punitive measures imposed on the Gaza 
Strip.

In a related context, the Democratic Front strongly condemned Hamas 
attacking the protesters, and demanded security services to bring 
justice and protect the people and their freedom of expression in 
accordance with the Basic Law, which affirms freedom of expression and 
peaceful demonstration.

*One week ago,* hundreds of Palestinians held a protest in Ramallah  
demanding the Palestinian Authority to cancel its sanctions against 
Gaza, describing these measures as punitive measures against the 
Palestinian people in Gaza.

The demonstration was organized by a group called “Movement for lifting  
sanctions imposed  on Gaza”, a large movement of academics, journalists, 
writers, artists, prisoners, activists and citizens who decided to break 
the  silence towards the measures imposed by the Palestinian Authority 
on the Gaza Strip since March 2017, in addition to ending the 
Palestinian division and achieving reconciliation.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called on Hamas on 21/3/2018 to 
transfer control of the Gaza Strip to Ramallah government saying it was 
prepared to assume its full responsibilities there, as tensions between 
the two factions continue to rise, according to the Wafa news agency.

The statement on 21 of march 2018 came a day after PA President Mahmoud 
Abbas suggested he would cut all budgets allocated to Gaza, estimated to 
amount to some $100 million, if the PA was not awarded full control of 
the coastal enclave

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