Huge ´Democracy´ Rally Sunday Against Disengagement (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/30/05)
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Police began closing some streets Saturday night prior to a gigantic
rally in Jerusalem Sunday, with more than 100,000 expected in the
biggest demonstration ever to be staged opposite the Knesset.
The public should arrive only by public or private buses, the police
said. More main arteries are to be closed during the day for the 24-
hour rally billed as a demonstration for democracy as well as a
protest against the government´s so-called disengagement plan.
Israelis from all over the country are in the third week of a long-
term protest opposite the Knesset. Dozens of tens have served as
welcoming areas for demonstrators, and Knesset Member Uri Ariel
(National Union) has brought a trailer to the area as a temporary
Organizers of Sunday´s rally have tried to encourage those who favor
the government plan to join the demonstration as a support for the
freedom of expression.
Concerns have been raised concerning government and police efforts to
intimidate opponents to the plan. Last week the police arrested a 70-
year-old Russian immigrant from Yitzhar in Samaria on suspicion of
involvement in an attack on a policeman when defense officials
destroyed two empty trailer homes near Yitzhar earlier this month.
Police arrested him as they tried to prevent residents from planting
trees in the same area on Tu B´Shevat, the "new year for trees" on
which trees traditionally are planted. Police held the man for two
days before Yitzhak neighbors discovered he was arrested, but when
they came to bail out the man, police refused to release him.
(IsraelNationalNews © 01/30/05)
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