Hamas police stop protest over youth group in Gaza

December 5, 2010 19:30

Hamas police have broken up a protest against a decision to close down Gaza's largest independent youth organization.

Demonstrators say they were beaten and detained while trying to protest in front of the office of Sharek, a UN-funded group that provides youth services. Sharek was shut down by Hamas last week.They say 12 protesters were arrested, and an Al-Jazeera TV crew was detained for about an hour.

The Hamas attorney general said he has opened a criminal investigation into Sharek.

Hamas police say the demonstration was illegal, and that an Al-Jazeera correspondent was suspected of supporting the group. Al-Jazeera declined comment.

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