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Amira Hass / Who's suppressing opposition rallies in Ramallah?

They carried photos of Abbas, but the PA president's office says he had nothing to do with the hundreds of young men who prevented an opposition conference from taking place in Ramallah.

By Amira Hass 30.08.10

The organizers could sense something was wrong about half an hour before the conference began last Wednesday morning.

About 60 people had been invited to what was termed a "national conference" (as opposed to a "popular" one, open to all ). But the hall in the Protestant Club in downtown Ramallah began to fill with hundreds of young men of similar appearance - well-developed muscles, civilian clothes and stern facial expressions. Some held what appeared to be rolled-up posters. They did not exactly look like senior PLO activists who oppose direct negotiations under American and Israeli pressure.

Just to make sure, one conference organizer called another who had no


Added: Aug-30-2010 
By: aydeo
Middle East
Tags: PA, Abbas, opposition, Ramallah
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