Hamas Beats Protesters Demanding Freedom (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/10/12)
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Hamas security forces wearing masks and wielding batons and rifle
butts forcibly "dissolved" a protest against the "suppression of
freedom" in Gaza.
Thursday´s rally was staged by Gaza residents and supporters from
Egypt decrying the Hamas administration´s systemic repression of free
speech and imposition of Islamic law in the coastal enclave.
Witnesses say Hamas policemen broke into the hall where the event was
being held, cut off electricity, detained journalists, confiscated
cameras and mobile phones, and forcibly ejected the protesters. Those
who resisted were reportedly answered with batons and rifle butts.
Hamas has routinely incarcerated, kidnapped, maimed and tortured
dissidents and political rivals in Gaza over the past five years.
Notably – after Hamas seized control of Gaza – several members of the
rival Fatah faction were dragged from their homes and shot in both
It has also stepped up its campaign against journalists who criticize
its administration in Gaza in the past year.
Recently, on 9 March, three reporters were attacked by Hamas security
forces while covering a mass wedding in Gaza City. The three, who had
criticized Hamas, were severely beaten in a nearby playground.
One of the reporters, Sky News stringer Mohammad al-Mashharawi, was
detained for several days in an unknown location.
Last year, youth activist Abu Yazan, who has been using Facebook and
other social media to call for political freedom in Gaza was arrested
for criticizing Hamas.
His group – Gaza Youth Break Out – had published a manifesto that
condemned Hamas, Fatah and other Arab political factions, as well as
those in Israel. It had called for “freedom and a normal life.”
His whereabouts remain unknown.
During the power crisis that dominated Gaza from January to April,
Hamas issued arrest warrants for those who publicly criticized their
poor handling of the enclaves´ affairs.
At the time, Khalil Abu Shamala told reporters his arrest warrant
included accusations from the Hamas-run energy authority that he had
blamed them for the energy crisis in Gaza.
It also charged Shamala had "created a rift amongst citizens," as
well as "threatening the security of the authority."
Several other dissidents in Gaza who expressed similar sentiments
were also arrested.
On 20 April, the United Nations Human Rights Commission charged Hamas
has illegally executed at least 18 men since it seized power in the
coastal enclave in a bloody 2007 putsch.
Local activists, however, say that number only includes official
executions. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/10/12)
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