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PA Bans 'Unlicensed Gatherings' as Pro-Egypt Rallies Multiply

PA police broke up a Ramallah rally in support of the insurrection in Egypt Saturday, arrested two at a similar event Wednesday.
By INN Staff
First Publish: 2/6/2011, 5:51 PM / Last Update: 2/6/2011, 5:49 PM

Palestinian Authority police on Saturday broke up a rally held in Ramallah in support of the insurrection in Egypt, according to local news sources.
 

PA officials have also stopped demonstrations in front of Egyptian government offices in the city in recent weeks, and on Wednesday arrested two demonstrators at a similar event. 
 
A video of the Ramallah rally held on Saturday and posted on YouTube showed what were purportedly Fatah Party officials pulling an individual out of a large crowd thronging a-Manara Square.
 
There were reports of scuffles and some injuries during the detentions, according to media reports. 
 
While PA security spokesman Adnan Ad-Dmeiri told the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency that the PA supported the right of expression, he said that such protests “create chaos.”
 
One demonstrator told CNN that he came "to stand with the Egyptian people," adding, “It is the right of the people to have democracy and self-determination. We are the same people and from the same region.”
 
PLO member Hanan Ashrawi and other Arab officials took part in the Ramallah protest, according to a brief on the Arab News website.
 
"From Ramallah to Al-Tahrir (Square), the people want change," "bring down the regimes of oppression," they chanted, the report said.
 
Similar rallies have been held in Bethlehem and eastern Jerusalem since the eruption of demonstrations in Egypt.