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Seven injured at Ni’lin demonstration

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In the continued spirit of resistance, 100 Palestinians along with several International and Israeli activists marched to demonstrate against the construction of the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Ni’lin.

The demonstrators met around 15.30 and moved close to the construction site when Israeli soldiers began to scream at them to go back while throwing sound grenades. The demonstrators spread throughout the olive groves while the Israeli soldiers shot tear gas canisters directly at the people.

The soldiers continued to throw sound grenades, and shoot tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets until 18.00. When the soldiers left the construction site, many protesters went down to disrupt the day’s work on the wall.

Attempting to halt the building of the Apartheid Wall, which will annex much of Ni’in’s privately-owned land, demonstrators filled a recently cleared path for the wall with rocks. While the action of destroying the path was taking place, the soldiers returned to the site to shoot more gas and bullets.

The demonstrators went back towards the fields and the demonstration was declared over after the Israeli soldiers had left around 18.30. While most demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, seven Palestinians were shot with rubber coated steel bullets.

The importance of the resistance in Ni’lin is apparent with continuous demonstrations taking place against the Apartheid Wall.