First Published: 2012-10-03


West Bank protesters demand Abbas step down


Around 200 Palestinians call for President’s resignation in march against arrest of Hamas partisans in West Bank.


Middle East Online

Arab Spring reaches the West Bank

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories - Around 200 people demonstrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Waving flags and shouting "Abu Mazen (Abbas) leave," they marched from the central Al-Manara Square towards the presidential headquarters. They were blocked by police and there were some scuffles before the marchers dispersed.

The march had been called to denounce the arrest in the West Bank, controlled by Abbas's Fatah party, of partisans of the Islamist movement Hamas, and arrests in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip of Fatah sympathisers.

But there was also social unrest in the West Bank last month, with Abbas's Palestinian Authority coming under criticism for high inflation, particularly of petrol.


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