Palestinian protesters and security forces Conflict On Saturday, in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the death of a militant in custody triggered the third day of demonstrations.
The family of Nizar Banat, a 43-year-old man from Hebron, said he was known for condemning the Palestinian National Authority (PA) for alleged corruption in social media videos. He was in the security forces on Thursday. He died shortly after rushing into his home and arresting him with violence.
On Saturday, hundreds of people took to the streets of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, the seat of the occupied West Bank, calling on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resign.
The protester Ismat Mansour said that Banat’s death was only the “tip of the iceberg”, and at the same time accused the Palestinian Authority of “corruption” and demanded elections.
Others are holding placards pointing to PA, which says “Leave”.
Security guards in riot gear blocked the streets. An Agence France-Presse photographer said that the protesters threw stones at the security forces, who fired tear gas bombs to disperse the crowd.
Banat has registered as a candidate for the Palestinian parliamentary election, which was originally scheduled to be held in May until Abbas postponed the election indefinitely.
Banat’s family said that the police used pepper spray on him, beat him severely, and then dragged him away in a car.
The doctor who performed the autopsy, Samir Abu Zarzour, said that the scars on Banat showed that he had been beaten on the head, chest, neck, legs and hands. The time to death was less than an hour.