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Wave of political detentions, pursuit of activists in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority is continuing its crackdown against activist and opposition voices despite condemnation by rights groups.
Palestinians rally to denounce the Palestinian Authority following the violent arrest and death in custody of activist Nizar Banat, Ramallah, the West Bank, Aug. 2, 2021.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Ramallah Magistrates Court acquitted Jan. 19, 15 Palestinian activists who had been charged with “illegal gathering,” “insulting the authorities” and “continuing to gather and refusing to disperse.”

Dozens of activists were arrested and beaten by security forces during their participation in protests held in Ramallah last year to condemn the killing of political opposition figure Nizar Banat on June 24, 2021.

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