Palestinian protesters demand Abbas resignation amid election boycott calls

Hundreds of Palestinians marched in an anti-government protest, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and criticizing his security coordination with Israel. The protesters also repeated calls for boycotting of the upcoming Palestinian elections set for May, New Arab reported. Protesters, including heads of local organizations and members of the Palestinian parliament, demonstrated in Central Ramallah against what they called the “suppressive” force used by the ruling Palestinian Authority. Palestinian journalists separately staged a sit-in to protest the violent dispersal of Sunday’s anti-government demonstrations by the Palestinian riot police. Critics have said Abbas and his government are becoming increasingly intolerant of dissent.

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