Gazans take to feet, protest power cuts
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of people took to the streets Thursday in an unauthorized protest against chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
The Islamic militant group in control of the Gaza Strip has shown little tolerance for dissent, and it moved quickly to contain Thursday’s demonstration. Police fired in the air to disperse a crowd of stone-throwing protesters and blocked journalists from the area. A day earlier, Hamas-run authorities arrested a comedian who made a viral video lamenting the power shortages during the winter season.
The demonstration began in the Jebaliya refugee camp, and as it grew in size, the crowd marched toward the nearby offices of an electricity distribution company, chanting, “Raise your voice, electricity cuts mean death.”
Hamas police made way for the crowd but took up positions outside the electricity company’s building. When a group of youths threw stones at them, they fired into the air to disperse the crowd. Later, the protesters arrived at the building and gathered peacefully.
Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Bozom denied that anyone had been injured.
Palestinians protest Thursday against the chronic electricity cuts at the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.