30 Activists Were Arrested Last Week. What Made the Palestinian Authority Change Its Tune?

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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What happened between last Saturday and Sunday, when the Palestinian police arrested some 30 Palestinian political activists, and Wednesday, when it permitted 150-200 people, including most of the freed detainees, to demonstrate?

On Saturday, August 21, social and political activists were arrested in Ramallah’s Al-Manara Square before they could hold a protest demanding to put on trial those responsible for killing Palestinian activist Nizar Banat. Banat, a critic of the Palestinian government, was killed during his arrest on June 24.

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