Demonstrasjoner i det okkuperte Palestina til støtte for det egyptiske og tunisiske folket. Oppfordring om internasjonal aksjonsdag 11. februar!
søndag 06. februar 2011 17:58
Human Rights Newsletter melder dette i pressemelding av 5. februar 2011: Rallies throughout occupied Palestine in solidarity with Egypt and Tunisia
More than two thousand people rallied today in the center of Ramallah at Al-Manara square in solidarity with the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, calling for freedom, social justice, democracy and human rights.Parallel rallies took place in Bethlehem and Nazareth. Previous rallies have been held by Palestinian activists in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, and Gaza.The demonstrations were called for by independent youth movements, the Palestinian NGO Network, trade unions and professional syndicates.
Al-Manara Square overflowed with a diverse crowd of students, workers, professionals, human rights activists and political parties'representatives, with a prominent presence of women. Protesters carried Egyptian, Tunisian, and Palestinian flags and repeated the Egyptian chants of "The people want to dismantle the regime" and "Down with Mubarak." They also demanded an end to the occupation, internal division, normalization,oppressive regimes, and to US and Western complicity in maintaining Israel'scolonial system and protecting despotic Arab regimes.One of the protesters, Omar Assaf, said that "We, the Palestinian people, send a message to the Arab world to stand together for a better life against the corruption of the authorities... we support the Egyptian people but the Egyptians must elect their leaders, Tunisian people must elect their leaders, and we Palestinian must elect our leaders."
This was Ramallah's fourth and largest rally in solidarity with the peoples of Egypt and Tunisia. The previous three, organized by youth groups wereviolently suppressed by Palestinian Authority agents, funded primarily by the US and the EU. The PA also sent in plain-clothes officers into today'scrowd who chanted pro-Abbas slogans and assaulted several of the protesters.The organizers stressed that they will continue mobilizing events in support of human rights, against the Israeli occupation and status quo, and insolidarity with struggles around the world, especially in Arab countries,for freedom, democracy and social justice.
The next upcoming event is a call by the Popular Committees in Palestine to demonstrate in front of Israeli embassies worldwide on Friday, February 11th, against injustice and dictatorship and in solidarity with persecuted nations under the slogan "People can bring change and make the impossible, possible."
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