PA Arrests Man For Selling Perfume
PA Forces Assault JournalistsOn the other hand, PA security officers beat a number of journalists during a rally in Ramallah last Friday in support of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. They confiscated their cameras and deleted footage of the rally.The assaults came as anti-riot policemen used force to break up the rally, which the PA said was organized by Hamas.Among the journalists who were beaten were Ahmed Milhem of Wattan TV station, Mohamed Arouri of the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV and Mohamed al-QiqAl-Qiq was roughed up by at least 15 officers belonging to the Preventive Security Force, witnesses said. Arouri said that a number of security officers dragged him, beat him and told him that he was “unwanted” in the area for security reasons.Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms issued statements condemning the targeting of journalists by PA security forces. “Violations against the freedom of expression by the Palestinian security forces were moving from bad to worse. Suppression of marches is a policy of the security forces and leads to assaults on journalists,” the center said.Meanwhile, Hamas accused the PA of arresting dozens of its supporters in the West Bank over the weekend. Most of those arrested had participated in protests against the “military coup” in Egypt, Hamas said.