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Gaza security forces disperse protest by women's union

Oct. 2, 2012 3:10 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2012 7:46 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Security forces in the Gaza Strip dispersed a protest on Tuesday organized by the general union of Palestinian women, a rights activist said.

Zaineb al-Ghnaimi, director of the Research and Legal Consultants Center for Palestinian Women, told Ma'an that the women's union had organized a sit-in protest outside of the offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council to demand an end to political division.

The group was informed by Hamas authorities that they must end their activities by 10 a.m, after which time security forces would break-up the rally.

"Five women were detained while they were leaving the sit-in, and we have called Huda Naeem, a member of the legislative council, to release them as fast as possible," al-Ghnaimi said.

The Palestinian Democratic Union, or Fida, denounced the incident, saying that Hamas should allow people to express their point of view and to protest peacefully, a statement said.

The general union of Palestinian women held a demo last Tuesday, at which al-Ghneimi stressed the urgent need to establish a democratic political system which respects freedom and diversity.
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