Hamas suppresses anti-division protest in Gaza

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