The Palestinian Human Rights Foundation â Pal-Monitor (Rased) issued a press release denouncing an attack carried out against Freedom of Speech when dozens of Hamasâs security officers and policemen, in Gaza, attacked a procession conducted by women, including political leaders, who marched in Gaza demanding an end to internal divisions and rifts between the political parties.The procession was held in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) building in Gaza City.
Rased (Pal-Monitor) strongly denounced this attack against Freedom of Expression and the Right to Peaceful Assembly, and stated that what happened in front of the PLC building is âan attempt to silence the peopleâs rightsâ, and that such attacks âonly aim at foiling the attempts that aim at achieving national reconciliationâ.
It said that it documented numerous violations carried out by the security forces and police in Gaza, and claimed that this attack against the peaceful procession was âdeliberate and unjustifiedâ.
Rased also stated that the security forces were cursing at the women who organized the protest, and that âthe Hamas movement in Gaza is trying to enforce a one-party rule, as Hamas attacks any activity that is not organized by itâ.
Rased demanded the Hamas-led government in Gaza, and its police and security forces âto respect the residentsâ rights to peaceful assembly and Freedom of Expressionâ, and to ensure that such violations do not happen again.
âThe Palestinians in Gaza are living under harsh conditions due to Israelâs siege and its ongoing attacksâ, Rased said, âSuch attacks against their right to Freedom of Expression are unbecoming acts against a struggling populationâ.