Israel police arrest six at rival immigration demos (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 05/30/12)
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Israeli police arrested six people at demonstrations on Wednesday
night against -- and in support of -- a community of African migrants
who have been the focus of race riots in south Tel Aviv.
Watched by large numbers of police, some on horseback, opponents of
the migrants´ presence in the city´s rundown southern neighbourhoods
held a banner reading: "Human rights -- Not at our expense," while
some chanted: "Africa is not here."
A short distance away a smaller group chanted: "They have a right to
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld put the number of anti-immigrant
protesters at about 500, and said that there were about 100 pro-
"Six people were arrested altogether... for causing public
disturbances, blocking roads etc," he told AFP, adding that there was
no physical violence.
Riots erupted last Wednesday when a protest by 1,000 people against
the rising number of Africans moving into the area turned violent.
The riots sparked shock in Israel, but also prompted top-level calls
for the immediate arrest and expulsion of tens of thousands of
African migrants, most of whom originate from Sudan, South Sudan and
Interior ministry statistics show there are more than 60,000 African
immigrants living illegally in Israel. Some are refugees fleeing
persecution back home, while others are economic migrants. (Copyright
© 2012 Agence France Presse. 05/30/12)
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