Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Police attack journalists protesting the abduction of Alan Johnston

Palestinian policemen push and point their weapons at journalists during a rally calling for the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston in Gaza April 17, 2007.

The PA "Police," the Same as the Thugs of any Dictatorial Arab Regime, Forcefully Broke up the Journalists' Demonstration.

"Gaza - Ma'an - Five Palestinian journalists were injured after being attacked by police guarding the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) building in Gaza.

The journalists were demonstrating against the abduction of BBC reporter Alan Johnston.

The police attacked the journalists with rifles and many sustained bruises. The journalists were forced to return to the strike tent in the centre of the city.

Ma'an's reporter said that he and dozens others of his colleagues "were protesting and then were attacked by the police and obliged to return to the tent".

Some other reporters confirmed the attack and said that the guards threatened to shoot the journalists if they continue their protest in the area.....

The Palestinian journalists' union issued a statement saying that the assaults on the journalists were "dangerous and against democracy."

The statement called for an immediate investigation into the attack on the journalists in Gaza.

Te Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also condemned the attack on the journalists and called for an investigation into the assaults.

The PFLP urged the information minister to carry out his responsibilities and intervene for the protection of journalists. "

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