Gaza: PNA police disperses demonstrators in Ramallah

Organized against Abu Mazen's policies on Strip

14 June, 13:14

    TEL AVIV - Palestinian police last night dispersed a demonstration against the Palestinian National Authority of President Abu Mazen in downtown Ramallah.
    The demonstration, the second over the past few days, was organized to protest against ''punitive'' measures decided by the PNA leader on Gaza. According to Palestinian media, 10 people were arrested. The ban on demonstrations was justified with the imminent festivity of Eid al Fitr which is closing the holy month of Ramadan. The protests were against salary cuts for 63,000 public employees in Gaza; the PNA's refusal to pay for the electricity used by Gaza residents; and for the cuts imposed by Ramallah on funding for medical expenses for Gaza Strip residents. All the measures, the PNA has said, were adopted by Abu Mazen as part of a prolonged political confrontation with Hamas aimed at forcing the Islamists to hand over total control of security in Gaza.
    According to eye witnesses and activists quoted by Palestinian media, security forces seized cameras from many demonstrators as well as cell phones preventing protesters from filming the event.
    The same sources said journalists were not allowed to report on the demonstration. The journalists' union decided to ''boycott news on the Palestinian government and security forces'', urging the media to follow the choice ''until new orders'' in response to ''attacks to representatives of the media during the demonstration last night''. ''This - the union denounced, quoted by the media - is a violation of all previous official guarantees and statements on the respect of freedom of opinion and expression''. 

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