Saturday, June 07, 2008

Demonstration in Bil'in

people taking cover from tear gas barage fired from israeli jeep - new weapon fires 30 canisters at once

soldiers wait in safety on confiscated land behind the security fence and concrete barricades. protestors chanted and raised thier hands to show they were unarmed. they approached the locked gate behind which lies Bil'ins lost land. after about 10 or 15 minutes soldiers opened fire on the entirely peaceful protestors with gun-launched tear gas canisters.

near the gate, two boys, some distance away from the demonstration threw some stones uphill toward the soldiers early on. their stones fell far short of the well protected soldiers and while harmless provided justification for israeli military to later report "protesters rioted and hurled stones at the soldiers." the two stone throwing children were were ignored and soon stopped.

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