Palestinian Authority arrests 24 protesters in West Bank after PA critic’s death

Palestinian Authority police say they have arrested 24 people protesting Ramallah’s response to the death of a prominent political activist while in the custody of PA security forces.

The demonstrators planned to call for accountability in the death of Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who died in custody on June 24 shortly after he was arrested. But police shut down the protest and arrest two dozen activists.

Police spokesman Louay Arzeigat issues a statement saying the demonstrators have not received a permit and “refused to sign the conditions for the gathering.” It does not elaborate.

Banat’s family has said he was beaten as he was taken out of his home and has accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to cover up the death.

Palestinian officials have said the matter is under investigation.

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