MK Regev: Social protesters want Tahrir Square in Tel Aviv (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 06.27.12, 19:05)
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Likud lawmaker says leaders of social justice movement concerned more
about making headlines´ than bringing change, adding ´you don´t solve
problems by shattering windows.´ Meretz MKs: Police brutality
The leaders of the social justice protest want to turn Rabin Square
into Tahrir Square and overthrow the government, Knesset Member Miri
Regev (Likud) said Wednesday.
"(The social protest leaders) don´t want change. They want to protest
for the sake of protesting. The activists from the extreme Left want
to turn Rabin Square into Tahrir Square (in Cairo)," she told the
"They are promoting acts of vandalism, clashes with police, power
struggles – they want more headlines. Our job is to preserve the
democracy. When we deal with the protesters they say this is a police
state. There is no place for violence. Their true face has been
revealed," the lawmaker said during her speech, after which it was
decided that the issue would be referred to the Knesset´s House
"You don´t solve problems by shattering windows. A group of
anarchists is operating against the State. Who is Daphni Leef? Who
does she represent exactly? Enough with your (protest leaders)
charades. Make room for real leaders," Regev argued.
During the session Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch
also addressed last weekend´s violent social justice protest in Tel
Aviv. "The protesters threw eggs and stones at police officers.
Afterwards, some of the protesters marched towards Rabin Square, and
shattered the front windows of branches of Bank Leumi and Bank
Discount at Gan-Hair," he said.
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz, who spoke before Regev, criticized the
police´s "aggressiveness and unjustified brutality" during the
MK Dov Khenin of Hadash also expressed support for the social justice
protesters, and slammed Mayor Ron Huldai for instructing police not
to allow them to reestablish a tent camp on Rothschild Boulevard.
"It´s not his personal space – it´s public space," he said. "(Huldai)
sent his inspectors and they used violence without any authority.
This enraged the protesters, and justifiably so. Instead of arresting
the inspectors, the police officers joined them," he said, while
calling on authorities to prosecute officers who were filmed striking
Police arrested dozens of social justice protesters in Tel Aviv last
weekend, claiming the demonstrations were illegal.
On Tuesday Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino backed the
officers. "What we saw was not popular protest, but a series of
planned violations of the rule of law," he said. "Freedom of protest
must not turn into chaos." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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