Jerusalem social protest turns violent (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 06/25/12)
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Two demonstrators were arrested in Jerusalem on Sunday night as the
social justice protests took a violent turn a day after nearly 90
were arrested in Tel Aviv. Around 200 protesters gathered outside the
Prime Minister’s Residence at 8 p.m. as a response to the Saturday
night protest in Tel Aviv, and then marched through downtown
Jerusalem to Zion Square.
The protesters did not have a permit to gather outside the residence
or to hold a march. Demonstrator Khen Tsubery said the lack of permit
was intentional, because permits have been difficult to obtain since
the Jerusalem Light Rail began operating on Jaffa Road.
Once the protesters arrived at Zion Square police tried to prevent
them from marching further on the tracks.
Demonstrators forced their way through the police line and onto the
Light Rail tracks, blocking an oncoming train. During the melee that
ensued two demonstrators were arrested.
“The demonstrators will not be allowed to destroy life for hundreds
of thousands of residents of this city,” Jerusalem police spokesman
Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. He added that while police would allow legal
protests, they would do everything possible to stop illegal protests
aimed at disrupting major traffic channels.
Idan Pink, one of the leading activists on Sunday, vowed that if the
police acted violently the protesters would react in kind.
“We’re here for the same reason as last summer...
Nothing has changed, we want justice,” she said. “We came out here to
get something and we won’t leave until we get it.” (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/25/12)
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