The Palestinian Authority has broken up a demonstration supporting the Egyptian people, while permitting a smaller protest in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — drawing accusations it is picking sides in the Egyptian upheaval.
Freelance journalist Mohammed Jaradat said police dispersed a gathering of more than 100 people late Wednesday in downtown Ramallah. He said he and three other journalists were detained, including a cameraman whose footage was taken.
The incident came hours after about 10 people held a demonstration in support of Mubarak. Police stood by as demonstrators chanted support for the embattled Egyptian leader. None would say who organized them. Police spokesman Adnan Damiri denied any favoritism, saying both protests were illegal