Monday, August 13, 2007

More love from the adherents of the "Religion of Peace"

Nothing says "I love you" more than billy clubs and gun butts:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza's Hamas rulers clubbed and slammed rifle butts into opponents taking part in a rare protest rally Monday, seizing the cameras of journalists covering the event and raiding media offices to prevent news footage from getting out.

The Islamic militants claim they're willing to tolerate dissent, but their actions - including arresting opponents and banning public gatherings - indicate otherwise.

Hamas in Gaza routed forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement in five days of savage fighting in June but later declared an amnesty for former Fatah fighters.

But when Fatah and other allied groups announced plans to hold a rally Monday, Hamas banned "all demonstrations and public gatherings" that did not have special permission.

Buses carrying protesters to the Gaza City protest site were halted by Hamas guards who beat passengers, driving them away and confiscating Fatah flags. Nevertheless, about 300 protesters got past the militia cordon and demonstrated for 20 minutes, shouting "We want freedom. . . . We want to raise our voice," before dispersing.

This story, along with an old saying, "Birds of a Feather" appear appropo.