On Saturday, 7th March, a group representing the families of political prisoners in the West Bank held a demonstration in front of the Juneid Central Prison in the city of Nablus to demand the release of their sons being detained on political grounds within the prisons run by the Authority in the West Bank. They also demanded the implementation of the terms of the Palestinians reconciliation agreement signed recently which provides for the release of all political prisoners.
Alongside the relatives of prisoners, the protest was joined by a group of dignitaries and deputies from the Islamic Movement's Palestinians Legislative Council [PLC] including Sheikh Hamid al-Beitawi, Yasser Mansour, Hosni al-Borini, Muna Mansour and Fathi al-Qaraawi. The PLC members supported the position of the families and described them as legitimate demands.
The Regional Commander in the security services who came out to listen to the demands of the protesters expressed his hope that the agreement would be implemented in accordance with the hopes of the people and that all prisoners would be released.
The protesters held up placards demanding the Authority bring an end to arrests, release the detainees in their custody and submit to the choices of the people and the internal national reconciliation agreement.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour