HRW demands investigation over attack on Palestinian protesters

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Published Monday, August 27, 2012

Human Rights Watch called on Monday for the western-backed government of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to take urgent action against police officers responsible for beating demonstrators in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

It said that during rallies on June 30 and July 1, "police severely beat protesters in the street and dragged others to a police station, where the police continued to beat and kick them."

"At least six protesters required hospitalization," it added.

On July 1, Palestinian police and plainclothes security officials beat a crowd of about 200 demonstrators in Manara Square, injuring at least three and arresting several others.

The previous day, security forces clashed with marchers protesting against a planned meeting between Abbas and then Israeli vice prime minister Shaul Mofaz.

Following the violence, Abbas's office said it would establish a commission to investigate the incidents but HRW said in a statement on Monday that no action had been taken so far against officers involved.

"Two months and four reports later, the Palestinian Authority has not yet brought to justice the police officers responsible for brutal assaults on peaceful protesters in Ramallah's main square," it said.

It added that "the PA should end its foot-dragging and promptly investigate and prosecute abuse by members of its security forces."

(AFP)

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