´Rioters crossed every possible red line´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Eli Senyor Latest Update: 06.24.12, 13:49)
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Morning after unprecedented socioeconomic riots in Tel Aviv, police
gear to file charges against 20 protesters; say violence planned ´to
get media attention´
The police intend to file criminal charges against 20 protests who
were arrested Saturday night during the violent demonstration in Tel
Aviv, Ynet learned Sunday.
Some 85 people were arrested throughout the night, after social
activists in Tel Aviv clashed with police across the city, blocked
traffic, shattered and charged into banks in unprecedented
Sixty-nine of those arrested were released Sunday morning, while the
others were arraigned before the Tel Aviv Magistrate´s Court.
Police sources told Ynet that intelligence indicated that rioters
were intending to torch tires in various locations across Tel Aviv.
One cache of tires was found in a building close to the main protest
Yarkon Subdistrict Police Commander Yoram Ohayon denied the
activists´ claim of excessive police force, saying that the rioters
broke the law and left the police little choice when it came to
maintaining public order.
"Two of the rallies did not have permits but we had every intention
of allowing them Ė we even made sure traffic was undisturbed during
the early stages of the rally on Ibn Gvirol (Street).
"The problems began when the rioters strayed into the street, started
stoning the forces, egging them and then vandalized the banks," he
"We have to enforce the law," he continued. "Protests are legitimate
and we will allow them as long as they are held within the law. If we
didnít initiate arrests we would have seen looting as well.
"The rioters crossed every possible red line. I couldnít believe this
could happen in Israel. We were very close to seeing the harsh sights
we see in violent rallies overseas, here."
Another police source said that "There is no doubt that this was
planned. The protesters recent moves got very little attention and
they realized that the only way to get headlines is violence."
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