***All demonstrators arrested in the protests in Ramallah have been released.***
***image2***200 demonstrators were arrested and 30 injured today in Ramallah when PA forces attempted to prevent demonstrations demanding that the PA fully uphold Palestinian national rights and against the Annapolis conference.
The Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign has released a statement demanding the release of the arrestees, including Jamal Jumaâ, Coordinator of the Campaign.
The two demonstrations were organised independently, the first by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign, the second by Hizbâ Tahrir.
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Popular protest demanding our rights and against Annapolis
âThe Palestinian Authorityâs brutal suppression of the opposition, and its blocking of freedom of expression reached its highest level today, when PA forces in Ramallah attacked the rights of the national movements as they demonstrated for fundamental national rights, including for the right of return and for Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, and against Annapolis. The Authority announced the demonstration illegal and used teargas, beating, arrests and police cars to suppress the march, threatening many peopleâs lives. The Authority forbade buses from Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Hebron and Bethlehem from entering Ramallah to participate in the demonstration.
âThrough its actions today, the PA showed clearly that it is afraid that the international community will hear the voices of opposition to Annapolis. We believe this conference will not benefit the Palestinian struggle in any way. Only the Israeli Occupation will benefit from such negotiations. We marched under our Palestinian Declaration calling for the right of return and asserting our strong belief that the negotiations, under such circumstances of Palestinian fragmentation, will only result in national catastrophe.
âWe in the Campaign condemn the blocking of our democratic choice to exercise freedom of speech and to march peacefully, which was perpetrated today.
âThis act, perpetrated by the forces behind the PA and at political and governmental level, indicates that there will be a terrible impact on Palestinian society, which for sixty years has fought for freedom and the right of expression. Confronting the Occupation cannot be done by choking grassroots freedom of speech, and by beating them, firing teargas and arresting people; only by respecting the people and their political views.
âWe in the Campaign hold to our national demands for right of return, for independence, and for Jerusalem as a capital. We will remain true to our peopleâs right of expression.
âThe PA forces arrested around 200 activists, including Jamal Jumaâ, Coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign and Yousef Habash from its steering committee, and beat and injured 30 more, including Muamar Orabi also from the steering committee of the Campaign.
âWe call on the international community put pressure on the PA to free the prisoners, to show solidarity with those who have been attacked, and to demand that the PA stop using violence to close the mouths of the people.
âLocal Palestinian media have announced that they will boycott coverage of the PA until they apologise for the attacks on journalists, and are demanding that they should be allowed to go about their work without fear of violence against them.â
– Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign