Solidarity Protest with Fasting Prisoners continues for Third Week
Image of protests in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in 2004. 2011 is not the first year of protests and hunger strikes - but will they be more effective on the back of the Palestinian Spring?
Hundreds of Palestinians, mostly the families of prisoners in Israeli jails and university students, protested at the gates of Ofer prison, in Ramallah. The protest was in support of the Palestinian prisoners who went on hunger strike almost two weeks ago to protest against the solitary confinement of some of their fellow inmates, including the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Israel Occupation forces then stormed out the prisons and fires tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The campaign of civil disobedience launched by Palestinian prisoners on 27 September is now entering its third week. Concerns have been raised for the health of those on hunger strike.
The inmates on hunger strike have been denied legal visits and the Israeli prison services have also denied them any sort of health care.
The Israeli occupation forces have been trying to disperse the demonstration for hours, and in doing so have injured dozens of Palestinians, but the protesters here are as defiant as the prisoners they came to support.
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