Saturday, July 02, 2005

Protest at Pal. Legislative Council Bldg

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, is often first to get a story on the wire. That seems to be the case with the item below. Sounds like the protest was (is?) non-violent, although it sounds as if nothing has been resolved yet. And they're seeking not mayhem but jobs Updates as we can find them. Mohammed is out of Rafah right now, but his take from the local residents will probably arrive in due course.

GAZA, July 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades seized the building of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Saturday, Palestinian witnesses said.

About 40 gunmen wearing black and holding rifles suddenly showed up and entered the building which houses office of PLC Speaker Rawhi Fattouh and other Rafah legislatures, said the witnesses.

The gunmen of the ruling Fatah movement's armed wing seized the building in protest against the ignoring of their demands for rights.

One of the gunmen told reporters that the action was aimed at sending a clear message to all the PLC members that they should work on finding job opportunities for those who have sacrificed for their own people and cause.

He said his group would never stop actions of protests against the PLC and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) until "our legal demands become true and until we get all our legitimate rights to live a good life in the future."

The gunmen urged the PLC and the Palestinian security apparatuses to offer them jobs and merge them into the PNA security and civil institutions.


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