Hamas okays first anti-Assad protest in Gaza (WORLD TRIBUNE) GAZA CITY 02/23/12)
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GAZA CITY — For the first time, the Hamas regime allowed a protest
against Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Gaza Strip.
On Feb. 21, Hamas authorities permitted a demonstration against the
Assad regime at the Islamic University in Gaza City. About 300
at the Hamas-aligned institution held a rally in which posters of
“Shame on child murderers,” read a banner unfurled at the protest.
Hamas security forces did not intervene in the student protest. The
rally was organized by the Hamas-aligned Palestinian Gathering to
Support Syrian People.
Witnesses said the rally began with 200 Islamic university students.
They said another 100 people, many of them carrying signs, joined the
This marked the first Hamas-approved protest against Syria. Over the
last year, Hamas security forces stopped several attempts to organize
anti-Assad demonstrations in Gaza City and Khan Yunis.
Palestinian sources said the withdrawal of virtually all mid- and
senior-level staffers from Hamas headquarters in Damascus allowed the
in the Gaza Strip. They said Hamas members and their families had been
threatened by the Assad regime. (Copyright © 2012 East West Services,
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