Family buries activist shot by Israeli troops
The Israelis ‘‘should leave our lands and let us alone to live in freedom,’’ she said, urging Palestinian factions to unite against Israel and US President Donald Trump.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers have orchestrated the protests, in part to call for the lifting of a crippling decade-long Israeli and Egyptian blockade.
The demonstrations draw Palestinians of all ages, but most gather several hundred metres from the fence. It’s usually young men who approach the barrier, hurling rocks and firebombs at Israeli forces on the other side, who respond with tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and live fire.
Israeli forces have shot and wounded thousands of Palestinians since the protests began. A number of fellow protesters attended yesterday’s funeral in wheelchairs or walking with crutches.
Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacks and says it only uses force to defend its borders. –AP China has launched a sweeping crackdown on social media and internet use as it prepares for the 30th anniversary in June of the bloody suppression of student-led protests in Tiananmen Square.
The internet censor has unveiled a six-month campaign against online ‘‘negative and harmful information’’ even though the highly sensitive milestone is already banned from mention by name.
The government censors the internet widely through a ‘‘Great Firewall’’ of regulation and has recently started prosecuting those who use proxy servers, or virtual private networks, to access banned sites such as Facebook and Google.
President Xi Jinping has a blanket policy of official amnesia about the events of 1989, which marked the greatest challenge to the Communist Party during its seven decades in power.
Massive democracy protests in Beijing came to a bloody conclusion when troops and tanks were deployed on June 4, 1989. The next day, a lone man was filmed standing in front of a column of tanks in an indelible image of defiance.
Commemorations are scheduled in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong, with fall-back plans to stage some events in Taiwan.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary in March of the crushing of the 1959 Tibet uprising and the flight into exile in India of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader.
For Xi, the only Tiananmen Square milestone that matters is