(AsiaNews) - Thousands of young people in the Gaza Strip are preparing to march
in the streets of its cities to protest against the "dictatorship of
terror" imposed by Hamas. The rally is set for next Monday, 11 November,
the anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death.
movement was born in the wake of that of Egypt that backed the mass
demonstration of 30 June that brought down Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed
Morsi. However, the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip is not Egypt.
AsiaNews interviewed the leader of the Palestinian movement
who, on condition of anonymity, spoke about the goals of Tamarud Gaza.
abductions and torture carried out by the Islamist government, they are
determined to take to the streets to show the world "that the people of
Gaza are tired of Hamas oppression and want a new life."
How did your
movement start and who joined it?
about six months ago, gaining support especially among young people living in
Gaza. In a short period of time, Palestinian writers, journalists and
intellectuals joined the movement as well. With them, we decided that the time
had come to rebel against the acts of injustice perpetrated by members of Hamas,
calling for their resignations and new presidential and legislative elections.
What is the
situation in the Gaza Strip?
Gaza is a
narrow place that over the years has become the home to about 1.5 million
people in dire economic straits. The Gaza Strip lacks electricity, drinking
water and epidemics are very frequent.
what affects the people the most are the policies of the Hamas government. The
2007 coup was followed by a reign of terror in the Gaza Strip. In a few years, cases
of rape, murder, and corruption have increased. People live in the total
absence of the rule of law.
by Hamas have replaced the laws of the Legislative Council. This has encouraged
the emergence of armed gangs that do not respect any law and carry out acts of
terrorism against the population.
kill or arrest anyone who opposes their policies. People now detest any action
taken by the men of Hamas and call for the end of their government.
followers does the movement have?
the latest statistics, at least 500,000 people support our cause in Gaza and in
other countries. In the Gaza Strip, the number is constantly growing due to the
constant acts of injustice perpetrated by the Hamas government. Most of our
activity takes place on Facebook and
other social networks. This way, we have been able to get into contact with
months, have you received threats or experienced other forms of repression?
began, gangs hired by Hamas seized and tortured dozens of people, accusing them
of working for our movement. But these people only exercised their rights.
have used the most brutal methods of torture against their opponents, ordering
them not to participate in our work. Hamas issued death threats against us through
the al-Qassam Brigades spokesman.
In order to
prevent people from knowing and participating in the demonstration of 11
November, the government and its affiliated militias have unleashed a wave of terror
among the people of Gaza.
do you want for Gaza?
For now, we
are determined to carry out our campaign leading up to the demonstration set
for 11 November. The protest must succeed to push the Hamas government to give
up power and hold democratic elections under the supervision of international
We hope that
Hamas will listen to the demands of the oppressed people. We want to be
citizens of the Gaza Strip, we want to live with dignity and enjoy rights and
freedoms in order to improve our living conditions and offer young people
employment opportunities, as in the rest of the world.
we will reach our goals and stop the acts of injustice committed against our people
by Hamas terrorists from the al-Qassam Brigades and the military gangs. (S.C.)