Only a few people were allowed closer to the Muqata'a - the
President's headquarters, where Condoleeza was visiting -
mainly some mothers of martyrs, and journalists. A few others
(myself included) managed to infiltrate the farther barrier
where most of the protest occured.
Ramallah on Strike to protest Condoleeza Rice's visit
(nicknamed here as "Condara," meaning shoe - a severe
insult in the Arab world)
protest is alive with various flags, including Palestine,
Lebanon, Hamas, Almubadara, the People's Party, and others.
signs were created, such as one calling for a War Crimes tribunal
against George Bush, Tony Blair, and probably an Israeli official.
are blocked by the U.S-sponsored Presidential Guard (allegedly
to guard the U.S.-sponsored President, who is seen by many
here as a sell-out, but also to be a force in the U.S.-desired
war against Hamas).
The U.S.-sponsored Presidential Guard seems to be out in full
Sign: "The New Middle East Lebanon" with photos
of the carnage there. Mustafa Barghouthi, head of the Palestinian
Health Relief Committees, and the Palestinian party Almubadara,
in the middle (wearing a white cap).
Sign: "The New Middle East Iraq" with photos of
the carnage there.
A young man leading the chanting.
The Lebanese flag was proudly displayed, in solidarity with
our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. Several people were also
wearing t-shirts with "I Love Lebanon."