Fatah militias attack women’s march in Al-Khalil

16/03/2011 – 10:52 AM

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Members of the Fatah militias tried to disrupt a women’s march in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil on Tuesday, Palestinian journalist Lama Khater has said.

The marches were designed to demand an end to the national split and the release of political prisoners detained in the West Bank.

Khater, who took part in the protests, said when the march started to draw media attention, Fatah officials began taking the names and photos of all the participants. They also confiscated the protesters’ banners and ripped them up.

She added that the men forcibly removed women from the march in the Dawar al-Manara neighborhood in Al-Khalil and tried to confuse them by shouting over their chants.

”If not for intevention by the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Hamas MPs, clashes would have taken place between the protesters and the Fatah militias,” Khater said.

”We will remain present in the field,” Khater said addressing the militias. ”You will find us there during future events, as we’re not scared of you, and the liberation of our mujahiden from your prisons is a great objective that gives us strength, certainty and confidence.”

The committee of families of political prisoners has condemned the disturbance and said it was proof of the ill intentions of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its lack of seriousness in national reconciliation. The committee said it also proved the political prisoners and their families are the most affected by the national split.

Fatah militias attack women’s march in Al-Khalil.

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