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Tel Aviv rally against police brutality turns violent

24 June, 2012


Some 2,000 Israelis took part in a rally against police brutality in central Tel Aviv. The demonstration turned violent, with reports of clashes between police and protesters. Around 20 people have been arrested.
Israeli media report that violent clashes between police and demonstrators broke out as protesters tried to push past police lines and march from Habima Square to Rabin Square. Windows were also smashed, and one group of people reportedly barricaded themselves in a bank. Protesters also blocked traffic on a major Tel Aviv highway.

Saturday’s mass demonstration took place a day after police arrested 12 opposition activists at another rally, during which protesters tried to reestablish a tent camp on the capital's posh Rothschild Boulevard, the scene of a mass encampment for social justice activists just a year ago.

Among those detained was the woman behind last year’s mass protests, Dafni Leef, as well as actor Tomer Sharon. A video posted online shows police grappling with Leef as she lies on the ground, as crowds chant “Free Dafni!

Leef later appeared on television with a heavily bandaged arm and said her altercation with the police left her with a fractured rib.

The opposition reacted to Friday’s arrests by saying the government was employing repressive measures to prevent a rerun of last year’s long-running social justice protests, during which dozens of tent camps sprung up in Tel Aviv and other major cities.

The Israel Police is behaving as it would in a police state, rather than a democratic state,” Zehava Gal-On, the leader of the social-liberal Meretz party said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “It has become a political repressive instrument of the government, against all groups that protest against it. We saw on Rothschild Boulevard how the police are serving the government rather than the law.

Labor Party leader Shelly Yechimovich also did not mince her words.

Despite the fact that Public Security Minister [Yitzhak] Aharonovitch told me clearly in the Knesset that there was no order from on high to take harsh steps against the movement's protesters, it turns out that the government and its operational branches have decided not to enable the existence of democratic protests this summer,” she noted.

Last summer, Dafni Leef, along with other activists, began a series of sit-in demonstrations that involved hundreds of thousands of demonstrators establishing tent camp cities throughout the country to protest social injustice, and in particular rising housing prices and the dilapidation of public services. They also called for an overhaul of the taxation system and the reestablishment of a welfare state.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s government promised that his government would go along with some of the demonstrators' demands. However, protests continued, and authorities moved in to dismantle the tent cities in Tel Aviv in October.

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

AFP Photo/Jack Guez

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Post time 2012-6-24 12:33:45 |Display all floors
gosh this is ugly , or it is just me that see some ugly people on this photos?

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Oooh ..........  !

What are they hoping for  .........

Democracy .........     {:soso_e120:}



What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left  -   Oscar Levant

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Post time 2012-6-24 13:03:38 |Display all floors
This post was edited by SMITHI at 2012-6-24 13:04
expatter Post time: 2012-6-24 13:02
Oooh ..........  !

What are they hoping for  .........
What are they hoping for  .........

Democracy .........

apartheid is not compatible with democracy , but is it apartheid they protesting against?


Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

Jimmy Carter

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SMITHI Post time: 2012-6-24 13:03
apartheid is not compatible with democracy , but is it apartheid they protesting against?

Yes .........

Campaigning for .........

"Social justice" ............

Whatever that is  ...........................   


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Post time 2012-6-24 13:30:56 |Display all floors
Hmmm,,, Israelis protesting on Rothschild Boulevarde ... oh dear.

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Post time 2012-6-24 14:24:30 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-6-24 13:32
Don't look too long into the mirror - you might get a heart attack from your own ugliness, Li'l Bu ...

oh dear we taking it personally , did i hit right bagel in a head?

Truth is hard to swallow but in same time you should not take things so personally cause more you do more we laughing at you and that is not good for your long term heatlh prospects

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