Massive protests in Gaza demanding Abbas to step down

[ 29/01/2011 – 08:41 AM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Tens of thousands of Palestinians participated in angry marches in the Gaza Strip at noon Friday in protest at the reported concessions made by the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA).

The protesters chanted slogans calling for de facto president Mahmoud Abbas and his authority to step down and stop claiming they represent the Palestinian people.

During a massive rally held in northern Gaza, member of Hamas’s political bureau Khalil Hayya condemned the PA in Ramallah city for waiving the Palestinian people’s rights and constants.

“We will never cede our land, the Aqsa Mosque, and the rights of refugees and prisoners, so on behalf of whom you waive and make concessions,” Hayya said addressing Abbas and his negotiation team in Ramallah city.

Hayya in his speech asked the Arab countries and their League to stop supporting the PA and wash their hands of its negotiators.

He noted that the marches in support of Abbas in the West Bank are organized by his security apparatuses to cover the widespread public anger at the PA negotiators.

In a related context, Dr. Abelsatter Qassem, a professor of political science in Nablus city, described the limited marches organized in support of Abbas and his authority in the West Bank as faked and unreal.

“These demonstrations are not real and take place exactly as the Arab intelligence agencies often do through making the state institutions and their civil servants show their loyalty to the ruler under the pressure of threats and salary extortion, Dr. Qassem underlined in a press statement on Friday to the Palestinian information center (PIC).

He stressed that if there was a free will in the West Bank, no one would go out, but what happened in the last few days were demonstrations held by members of the security apparatuses, PA civil servants, and some students in order to serve a particular goal.

Massive protests in Gaza demanding Abbas to step down.

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