“We were a group of photographers covering a rally in Manara Square,” photographer Hadi Dabis said. “We were just taking pictures normally and all of a sudden all the police and security pounced on us.”
Dabis said the PA men started beating the journalists and confiscating their cameras, adding, “I’ve never seen anything as savage.”
In the video, police can be seen dragging people away, and during one scuffle a voice can be heard saying “Give me the camera!”
Photographer Muath Mishal of Turkey’s Anatolia News Agency said three journalists were “savagely” beaten and arrested, and had their cameras and telephones confiscated. He named two of them as Muath Amarneh and Anis Arqoub.
Mishal said that plainclothes officers had been going around telling the journalists that they could not take photographs. When journalists asked the men to identify themselves, the journalists were attacked.
Journalist Yousef al-Shayib told Wattan TV that today’s events “are the biggest proof that we are living in a state, or entity, that is becoming a police state.”
Al-Shayib demanded accountability for those who had ordered and taken part in the attacks.
The journalists’ rally today coincided with a march in Ramallah by relatives of Hamasmembers imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority, according to al-Zahalqa’s report.
And the attacks on the journalists are part of a wider crackdown by Palestinian Authority de facto leader Mahmoud Abbas against Palestinians who oppose his rule or mobilize for Palestinian rights.