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Hundreds of people have taken part in a rally in the West Bank city
of Ramallah in protest against the policies of the Palestinian
The demonstration was called by youth activists after Palestinian
police broke up two protests on the weekend.
Some of the protesters on Tuesday called for the PA to be dismantled.
The demand came after government officials said they would be unable
to pay this month´s salaries for civil servants, because of a funding
The BBC´s Jon Donnison in Ramallah says Tuesday´s demonstration was
relatively small, but it was the third since Saturday.
Initially the protests were against PA President Mahmoud Abbas´s plan
to meet Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz.
Our correspondent says such a meeting would not have meant the
resumption of long-stalled peace talks, but frustrated with decades
of failed negotiations many Palestinians feel any such discussions
are a waste of time.
In the end, the meeting was called off without explanation but
Palestinian security forces were accused of beating demonstrators to
disperse the protests. At least three people reportedly needed
Mr Abbas´s office has said a commission headed by an independent
figure has begun an investigation, and promised that it "will not
permit any type of violation of freedom of expression and the right
to free assembly", nor any physical abuse by officials.
Tuesday´s rally, which saw hundreds of people march towards the
president´s compound, was in large part against that use of force,
our correspondent adds.
"With this march we emphasise that the people are the source of
authority, and that we reject the use of violence against the
Palestinian people by any and all hands," the Palestinians for
Dignity youth group said in a statement.
However, some protesters also called for the PA to be disbanded.
Earlier, Finance Minister Nabil Kassis had announced that the
government could not pay government workers their salaries this month
because of "the worst" financial crisis in three years.
Salaries will be paid when the government can afford it, he said.
The PA is heavily dependent on foreign aid, but many donor countries
have reduced their contributions since the global financial downturn.
Our correspondent says Palestinians have been relatively untouched by
the so-called Arab Spring, but some believe their economic hardship,
coupled with frustration at the PA´s inability to end or ease
Israel´s occupation could create an atmosphere where that might
change. (© BBC MMXII 07/03/12)
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