De Hamas politie is de afgelopen dagen op verschillende plaatsen in de Gazastrook binnengevallen om Fatah aanhangers te intimideren en te weerhouden van deelname aan aktiviteiten ter gelegenheid van de verjaardag van Fatah.
Hamas zelf vierde onlangs nog haar 20ste verjaardag. Dat leidde eveneens tot aanvaringen tussen de 2 Palestijnse partijen.
PCHR - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Date: 30 December 2007
Time: 12:30 GMT
PCHR Calls for Stopping attacks against Offices of Fatah Movement and Affiliated Institutions in Gaza
PCHR strongly condemns attacks against offices of Fatah movement and affiliated institutions in Gaza City, and the attacks against the campus of al-Azhar University, in which dozens of persons were arrested. PCHR calls upon the dismissed Palestinian government in Gaza to stop such attacks and to respect the right to association and other rights and public freedoms.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 29 December 2007, the Palestinian police raided an office of Fatah movement in al-Remal neighborhood in the west of Gaza City. They confiscated a computer set, a photocopier, a fax machine, a scanner, documents, photos and flags of Palestine and Fatah movement. They also arrested 6 persons who were in the office. One of the detainees, who was released later, told PCHR that the police forced them to sign documents pledging not to participate in any activities related to the anniversary of Fatah movement, and if they did not commit to their pledge, they would be required to pay a 4,000-US$ fine.
At approximately 23:30 on the same day, the police, accompanied by masked militants in civilian clothes, raided a building in al-Daraj neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, which includes offices of Fatah movement and Abu Jihad Association. They confiscated the furniture and equipment of the two offices and cut photos and flags of Fatah movement.
At approximately 00:30 on Sunday, 30 December 2007, the police, accompanied by masked militants in civilian clothes, raided the headquarters of Fatah movement near Ansar security compound in the west of Gaza City. They broke door and confiscated equipment. At the same time, the police raided the office of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization. They broke doors and confiscated equipment.
At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 28 December 2007, the Palestinian police raided the campus of al-Azhar University in the west of Gaza City, and arrested 35 students who were preparing for the celebration of the anniversary of Fatah movement. The detainees were taken to al-Abbas police station, where they were forced to sign documents pledging not to participate in any activity related to the anniversary, and if they did not commit, they would be detained for 15 days and pay a 4,000-US$ fine.
PCHR calls upon the dismissed Palestinian government to stop such attacks and ensure their non-recurrence, and asserts that:
1) Respect for the right to association and other right and public freedoms is constitutionally ensured.
2) Respect for universities and academic institutions is a must.
3) Arrests are regulated by the Palestinian law and fall under the mandate and warranty officials, represented by the police and supervised by the Attorney-General.
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