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Protesters still on hunger strike after 17 days

April 12, 2011 3:58 A.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 10:38 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Young Palestinians demonstrating in the West Bank city of Ramallah vowed Monday after 17 days of sit-in and hunger strike in Manara square to continue until their demands are addressed.

The protestors demand the release of political detainees whose release was ordered by the Palestinian supreme court, and that both sides stop incitement through media. They say these two steps are goodwill gestures which can ease tensions.

Ma’ath Musleh has been on hunger strike for 17 days.

He is on the verge of collapse and can barely move or talk and still insists to go on with the strike. He said that when he and the other protestors met President Abbas, he promised to release detainees held for political affiliation.

The president promised to release them within 48 hours, but eight days have passed and they are still in custody, Mustafa noted highlighting that the Palestinian political echelon "takes no interest in citizens' lives."

The same conclusion was reached by another hunger-striker, Hasan Karajah.

“If our lives are too cheap to the Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, to hell with our lives,” he said affirming that hunger strikers would continue until their demands are met, and if not that will be enough to tell the Palestinian people their leaders do not care about people’s lives.

Karaja also announced that 10 new young people joined the hunger strike.

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