J´lem: Social justice protesters try to block light rail´s path (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Noam (Dabul) Dvir Published: 06.25.12, 01:15 )
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Day after Tel Aviv demonstration turns violent, dozens protesting in
capital against socioeconomic inequality try to block train´s path;
claim police removed them violently
Some 200 protesters in Jerusalem attempted to block the path of the
light rail on Sunday and were forcibly cleared by police, a day after
dozens were arrested in Tel Aviv during a social justice protest.
Meanwhile in Haifa, dozens protested against what they called police
brutality against the social activists.
The demonstrators in the capital gathered outside the Prime
Minister´s Residence and began marching towards Zion Square while
trying to block the light rail´s path. They were dispersed by police
forces. Two protesters were arrested.
"Police forces are trying to silence us. We were not violent and it
is our right to march," said Idan Fink, a resident of Jerusalem´s
Katamon neighborhood. "It was the police who were violent. We took to
the streets to protest against socioeconomic inequality and we do not
plan on stopping."
Erez Wagner, another social activist, said "we did not block the
train´s path, but merely walked alongside its tracks to slow it down.
The police officers, some of them on horseback, beat a number of
Jerusalem Police said it will continue to allow legal demonstrations
and prevent any attempt at disturbance or blockage of central
arteries, explaining that it "won´t allow any attempt to disrupt the
lives of tens of thousands of Jerusalem residents and will use all
legal means at their disposal to prevent demonstrators from doing so."
In Haifa, about 80 people demonstrated against what they referred to
as police violence. They called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
No more than 25 people gathered Sunday in Tel Aviv´s Habima Square,
the site of Saturday night´s violent confrontations between social
justice protesters and police. They dispersed quietly.
Also on Sunday, police filed indictments against 14 people who took
part in Saturday night´s violent protest in Tel Aviv. The
demonstrators were charged with disturbing the peace and rioting.
During a hearing held in the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, police asked
to extend the remand of the protesters for the duration of the legal
"Freedom of expression and the right to protest are basic rights, and
we must not infringe upon them," said Judge Tzachi Uziel, who denied
the police´s request and released the detainees.
"However, these are not unlimited rights and those who decide to take
advantage of them must ensure that they do so while adhering to the
law, and without harming public order or the public´s sense of
security." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/25/12)
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