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Palestine security forces disperse protest against assassination activist Nizar Banat

June 25, 2021 at 10:16 am

Palestinian Authority security forces block Palestinian demonstrators on 24 June 2021, in Ramallah, West Bank. [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian security forces yesterday dispersed a rally organised by activists in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, condemning the assassination of activist and political opponent, Nizar Banat, Anadolu reported.

Eyewitnesses told the agency that the Palestinian security forces dispersed the rally, which started in Al-Manara Square in central Ramallah and headed towards PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ headquarters, to protest against the targeting of Banat.

The eyewitnesses said security forces fired tear gas canisters and beat dozens of activists with wood and iron batons, causing many of them to suffer breathing difficulties or bruising.

The participants raised pictures of Banat and chanted slogans accusing the Palestinian security services of assassinating him.

A similar stand was organized in Ibn Rushd square, in Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, during which the participants raised Banat’s pictures .

Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority and a former candidate in parliamentary elections called off earlier this year, died after Palestinian security forces arrested him and beat him with batons yesterday.

Family spokesman, Ammar Banat, accused the Palestinian security forces of assassinating him.

Ammar said the Preventive Security and General Intelligence forces stormed Banat’s home at 3am local time and beat him with iron and wooden batons.

Banat sparked controversy after he demanded the European Union stop financial support for the Palestinian Authority (PA), following the decision to cancel the elections and over their heinous record of human rights violations.

READ: Why did the PA kill Nizar Banat?