One more day in Palestine
Yesterday I attended a demonstration in Ramallah against Condoleeza Rice's visit in the region. While the various political and armed factions seemed pretty united, the Palestinian Authority police and security forces attacked the crowd with huge (baseball bat sized!) batons and a number of people were injured. The factions did not come armed.
The angry crowd was pushed back and surged back forward a number of times, with many people accusing the PA police of collaborating with the US. While this was going on, a small number of women managed to get to the gates of the Muqata (the PA headquarters in which the Abbas-Rice meeting was taking place). They vocally expressed their desire to get into the compound, but we stopped by (once again) PA police, joined by US Secret Service agents.
Later on, a couple of Islamic Jihad militants in facemasks burned an Israeli flag. It took them 20 minutes to light the damn thing.
Anyway, here are some pictures:
I think this guy is from Al Aqsa martyrs brigade, who were on the side of the PA police this time, despite having shootouts with them only a few weeks ago.
More later. Last night we went to witness an Israeli special forces attack on a building here in Ramallah. Pictures and info to come...