Facebook group ' Revolution of Honor' urges Gaza's residents to take to streets. Fatah lauds initiative, Hamas says not aware of any protest plans
Elior Levy Published: 02.04.11
VIDEO - Inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, a Facebook group called "The Revolution of Honor – Gaza" has called for a "day of rage" next Friday to protest against the Hamas government which rules the coastal enclave.
The group has grown to some 10,000 members just three days after it was launched.
The group's Facebook page features hate slogans directed against Hamas and its leader Ismail Haniyeh, a photo Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas beside another photo of Che Guevara, as well as detailed instructions on how to promote the 'day of rage' using YouTube, Twitter, emails and banners.
Tawfiq Tirawi, a former intelligence chief in the Palestinian Authority and a current member of Fatah's Central Committee, supported the group's cause. "We are a nation which fights with all means at its disposal to gain freedom and independence from the Israeli occupation, so how can we accept Hamas' despotic regime?" he said.
Senior Hamas figure Salah Bardawil said, "Tirawi's statements do not concern us; Gaza is the address for every revolution in the Arab world," adding that he was not aware of any plans for a "day of rage" in Gaza.
The Facebook page mysteriously vanished Thursday evening, but its initiators quickly set up a new one and said they would not back down from their plan to encourage Gaza's residents to take to the streets.
Hamas allowed about a thousand Palestinians to hold a demonstration against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. "Mubarak, you must leave," the protestors chanted.
However, police dispersed those protestors who called for Mubarak's resignation and arrested four of them.
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