Ashrawi holds press conference at Damascus Gate

January 3, 2006 13:54

Prominent Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi held an election press conference late Tuesday morning at the Damascus Gate, police said. Ashrawi refused to take down a Palestinian election banner she was carrying and police confiscated it, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. Ashrawi's assistant was detained for questioning for trying to prevent a policeman from carrying out his work while a participant in the rally was detained for allegedly being in Jerusalem illegally. According to the Oslo Accords, Palestinian political activity is forbidden in the capital.

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