A demonstration to demand the resignation of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas
Palestinian protesters shout slogans while holding signs against what they call political arrests by the Fatah party during a demonstration to demand the resignation of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. © Abbas Momani - AFP
A demonstration to demand the resignation of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas
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Last updated: October 2, 2012

Abbas resignation demanded by West Bank demonstrators

Around 200 people demonstrated in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Waving flags and shouting "Abu Mazen (Abbas) leave," they marched from the central Al-Manara Square towards the presidential headquarters. They were blocked by police and there were some scuffles before the marchers dispersed.

The march had been called to denounce the arrest in the West Bank, controlled by Abbas's Fatah party, of partisans of the Islamist movement Hamas, and arrests in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip of Fatah sympathisers.

But there was also social unrest in the West Bank last month, with Abbas's Palestinian Authority coming under criticism for high inflation, particularly of petrol.

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