Breaking: Activists shut down UN building to raise awareness about Palestinian hunger strikers

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Update: The UN has released a statement in response to the demonstration. It can be found here. Details can be found below.

Demonstrators in Ramallah surrounded a United Nations building in Ramallah to demand attention to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

At 7:30 AM, about 25 youth activists reportedly blocked access into and out of the UN Ramallah Common Premises building. Later reports indicate upwards of 40 demonstrators involved in this morning’s action. A few minutes into the action, the hashtag #UNclosed began to trend worldwide on Twitter.

Palestinian Authority police officers arrived at the scene at about 7:50 AM. According to Ahmad Nimer, one of the demonstrators, the police officers outnumbered the activists and threatened to use force to move the demonstrators from the scene. The police have not yet made any moves.

The action transitioned into full-fledged sit-in outside of the UN building’s gates and doors. Eyewitness accounts…

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