2019 Gaza economic protests

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2019 Gaza economic protests
Part of 2018–19 Arab protests and Fatah–Hamas conflict[1]
Date14 March 2019 (2019-03-14) – ongoing (253 days)
Location
Caused by
  • Opposition to Hamas regime and corruption in the Gaza Strip
Goals
  • Reducing cost of living
  • Reducing taxation
Resulted in
  • Hamas security cracks down on the protesters
Parties to the civil conflict

Protesters

Lead figures
* Unknown Ismail Haniyeh
Yahya Sinwar
Mohammed Deif
Marwan Issa
Aziz Duwaik
Fathi Hamad
Abd Al Aziz Awda
Casualties
Injuries1+ wounded[1]

The 2019 Gaza economic protests,[3][4] dubbed as We Want to Live protests,[1] began on February, initiating with the popular call "We want to live" by a group of politically unaffiliated media activists.[3] The group has been nicknamed the 14th March movement.[4] The protests aim at high costs of living and tax hikes in the Gaza Strip.

The protests were met with violence by the ruling Hamas, which dispatched security forces to disperse protesters.[3] Several human rights organisations and political factions have denounced attacks on protesters by Hamas security forces.[3] The protests were described as the most severe anti-regime protests in Gaza since the Hamas takeover in 2007.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hass, Amira (19 March 2019). "Fatah Spokesman in Gaza Attacked by Masked Assailants Amid Protests" – via Haaretz.
  2. ^ "PLO calls on Hamas to stop "brutal" suppression of protests in Gaza - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gaza rights groups denounce Hamas crackdown on protests". www.aljazeera.com.
  4. ^ a b c Knell, Yolande (18 March 2019). "Economic protests test Hamas's grip on Gaza" – via www.bbc.com.