i am angry today to read this news.
Ghassan stands as a true example of independent Palestinian journalist, he was beaten up, as well as demonstrators in Bethlehem and in Ramallah, and his new camera was broken.
Is this the Palestinian state Abbas wants to build for the Palestinians?
PA forces violently disperse anti-Annapolis demonstration in Bethlehem, detaining 50 Palestinians
Date: 27 / 11 / 2007 Time: 16:58
Bethlehem – Ma'an – More than fifty Palestinian protesters were seized violently by Palestinian security forces at a demonstration against the international meeting in Annapolis in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said.Witnesses said Palestinian police used water cannons and beat demonstrators with clubs and rifle butts. More than 300 Palestinians turned out in defiance of a ban on public demonstrations issued by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) for the day of the conference. Demonstrators carried signs expressing opposition to the US-backed conference and demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.PA forces severely beat Palestinian journalist Ghassan Bannoura, breaking his camera before detaining him, witnesses said. Bannoura was later hosptialized with a broken arm and bruises on his back and legs. Bannoura said police and civilian Fatah supporters armed with clubs beat him several times and held a gun to his head, threatening to kill him."As journalists we are afraid," said one Palestinian reporter who witnessed the brutality, "We could not even open our cameras … I felt today like I was in Gaza." He was referring to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, where several high-profile demonstrations have been suppressed by security forces."What we saw today was fascist," said the reporter, who asked not to have his identity revealed.