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EU police trainers concerned by Ramallah violence
Published Tuesday 03/07/2012 (updated) 07/07/2012 16:57
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Palestinian security officers scuffle with demonstrators in Ramallah on
July 1. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union is concerned by reports that Palestinian police used excessive force against protesters on Saturday and Sunday, an EU security training agency said Tuesday.

A spokesman for EUPOL COPPS, an EU mission that has been training Palestinian police since 2006, told Ma'an the European Union was "concerned" at reports of the use of excessive force.

"In its bilateral dialogue and cooperation with the Palestinian Authority the EU continually stresses the necessity to uphold international human rights standards and respect fundamental freedoms, in particular the right to peaceful protest and demonstration and freedom of expression and the media," Benoit Cusin said.

Police forcefully dispersed a protest against negotiations with Israel in Ramallah on Saturday, and violently suppressed another demonstration against police brutality on Sunday.

Witnesses told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the Ramallah police chief al-Bireh Colonel Abdul Latif Qaddoumi and his assistant Mohammed Abu Bakr participated in the use of force against the demonstrators.

Cusin said the EU would continue its training but based on the rule of law.

"As the EU police mission EUPOL COPPS will continue to provide assistance to the Palestinian Civil Police including in the area of public order management, based on the rule of law modern policing techniques," he said.

"The EU welcomes the decision of the Palestinian Authority to establish a committee to investigate the incidents."

The PA Minister of Interior Said Abu Ali said Monday he would form a committee to investigate clashes at the demonstrations.

Cusin said Palestinian police had shown "increased willingness" to tackle the issue of accountability with the help of EUPOL COPPS.

"For example the mission has provided legal support to the draft code of conduct on the use of force and fire arms for all Palestinian Authority security forces," the spokesman said.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
03/07/2012 20:22
They were protesting negotiations with Israel. On what grounds were they protesting. Seems to me any negotiating between Israelis and Palestinians is a good thing.

2 ) some one / some wherre
03/07/2012 23:37
#1Arnold / Canada
according those people negotiation me all they demand and yes to every thing they say specialy right of return and jerusalem and and and
this is negotiation then some one ask if you insist all those then what do you want negotiate about then the answer is SEA!

3 ) southparkbear / usa
04/07/2012 06:02
it's time to have a protest for or against protests

4 ) Dano / Germany
04/07/2012 09:57
Waiting for the day the Palestinian people will demonstrate for peace!

5 ) Palsolidarity / UK
04/07/2012 10:16
Wake up Arnold. Israel only ever uses negotiations as a smoke screen to cover up yet more land grabbing and colony expansions. Palestinians have never gained anything meaningful from negotiations and most Pals see Oslo as a disaster that needs to be stopped now. Pals lost all control of their own water from Oslo. What's to negotiate anyway ? Israel is committing war crimes and needs to STOP. period.

6 ) Monte Carlo / or bust
04/07/2012 19:52
Israeli soldiers kick your asses when you are young, and your own guys bust your heads when your older. Have you ever considered the possibility you may be backing the wrong horse?

7 ) southparkbear / usa
05/07/2012 02:52
by the way this is a beautiful picture showing palestinians dialog in action

8 ) Yaakov / Knaan
07/07/2012 05:05
on one side, cant say Im for a demonstration against peace talks! on the other hand, it realy is freedom of speach only when you are ready to fight even for someones right to say things you dont agree with
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