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Gaza Youth Group (GYBO) Leader Arrested by Hamas on Return from FranceElectronic Intifada
"You used to look around to see if someone is listening, so we used to stay silent, not even to think" - Abu Yazan
(GAZA CITY) - One of the founders of Gaza Youth Break Out (GYBO), known as “Abu Yazan” has reportedly been arrested by the Hamas authorities in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip after returning from a speaking tour in France, the group reported in a press release and via its Twitter account.
GYBO came to prominence earlier this year when it published a manifesto condemning Palestinian political factions. 25-year old Abu Yazan is a founding member of Gaza Youth Breaks Out, which grabbed headlines in December 2010 by issuing a manifesto condemning Hamas, Fatah and Israel, and calling for freedom, "a normal life," and peace.
Abu Ghassan of GYBO told AFP Abu Yazan had been missing since he went to try to retrieve his laptop and mobile phone from the headquarters of Gaza internal security services.
In March, US-based group Human Rights Watch accused Hamas of suppressing peaceful protests in Gaza and called on the group to investigate claims that its security officers tortured an activist involved with the March 15 movement.
GYBO first reported the arrest early on Monday morning, Gaza time:
The GYBO press release states:
WORRISOME ARREST OF YOUNG POLITICAL ACTIVIST
The Electronic Intifada interviewed Abu Yazan and other members of GYBO in January. Members of GYBO were also active in the “March 15” protests calling for “unity” among divided Palestinian factions.
This article was submitted to Electronic Intifada by Ali Abunimah
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