[News] Hamas suppresses anti-division protest in Gaza
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Mon Jun 18 11:00:41 EDT 2018
Hamas suppresses anti-division protest in Gaza
June 18, 2018
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
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
*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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