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Protesters rally in Ramallah in solidarity with Egyptians
Published Saturday 05/02/2011 (updated) 07/02/2011 18:52
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters rallied in Ramallah on Saturday in solidarity with the Egyptian people's uprising against their government.

Residents, students and civil society representatives raised Egyptian flags and posters calling on the Egyptian president to resign.

Protesters held banners including "From Ramallah to Tahrir Square, the people want change," and "Down with oppressive regimes."

Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi attended the rally, as did Mamdouh Al-Ikir, the commissioner general of the Independent Commission for Human Rights.

Palestinian Authority police were deployed at the entrances to Al-Manara, the square in the city center, and protesters said they used excessive force.



Organizers said a diverse crowd of around 2,000 attended the rally, and that it was the largest of four held in solidarity with Egyptians and Tunisians.

Palestinian Authority security services spokesman Adnan Dmeiri on Thursday banned rallies in support of Egypt and Tunisia. He said the decision was in the interests of maintaining stability in the West Bank, and that protests created chaos.

In a statement, protest organizers insisted they would continue "mobilizing events in support of freedom of speech, against Israel’s occupation and apartheid, and in solidarity with struggles around the world, especially in the Arab world, for freedom, democracy and social justice."
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1 ) John / USA
05/02/2011 22:22
The wannabe totalitarian PA has their day coming. They have used heavy handed measures before against the press and civilians who merely want to express their views. The PA has proven themselves incapable of civilized leadership and discourse. They have been given second and third chances and never fulfilled their promises. No more chances, you have shown your ugly faces one time too many.

2 ) suleiman / usa
05/02/2011 22:43
i am proud of the palestinian people, and i have much respect for hanan ashrawi. a well respected woman who can do what thousands of men could not, and that is to have freedom of speech. shame on the PA and adnan dmeiri for trying to keep the people's tongue ties. who is he really trying to protect. well, i am glad no one listened to him. keep up the good work my fellow palestinians. power to the people.

3 ) a / usa
05/02/2011 23:06
Next protest in al Manara this friday against the collaborationist PA that have created a police state in Palestine!

4 ) Malone / Hfx
06/02/2011 00:39
lol

5 ) Khader / Palestine
06/02/2011 08:04
The Ma'an report is not accurate. I was there and the police allowed us to demonstrate for over an hour when most of us left.

6 ) Karen / Palestine
06/02/2011 12:40
2000 people? Looks like about 200. More akin to kicking out time on a Friday night in Blackpool than Cairo.
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