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PCHRO calls for police dismissals over Ramallah protest

July 29, 2013 6:24 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2013 5:44 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations on Monday called for the dismissal of Palestinian police who attacked protesters in Ramallah a day earlier.

Hundreds of protesters affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rallied in Ramallah on Sunday against the decision to return to peace talks with Israel.

Clashes erupted after Palestinian police attacked the protesters as they marched toward the presidential compound. Injuries were reported on both sides.

Prisoner rights group Addameer said police injured dozens of protesters and arrested demonstrators in public hospitals.

The PCHRO urged the PA premier to appoint an independent fact-finding commission to investigate police handling of the rally.

Senior police who gave orders and those who carried out attacks on protesters must be questioned and tried in courts, the PCHRO said in a statement.

"All police officers, detectives and officials who are convicted must be dismissed," the council said.

The results of the investigation must be made public and the assailants must apologize to the victims, it added.

The council said the actions of Palestinian Authority officials and police commanders contradicted their claims to support freedom of assembly and expression.

"Reality reveals how big the gap between remarks and practices is. The police and security establishment is still far from implementing a culture of respect to citizens' rights and freedoms," the PCHRO said.

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