Court orders release of 8 arrested in TA housing rally

July 24, 2011 15:13

In a remand hearing Sunday, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ruled to release eight people arrested during a rally at the corner of Rehovs Dizengoff and Ibn Gavirol Saturday night.

One of the eight was released unconditionally, but the remaining seven were released on bail conditions. The court also issued an injunction that bans the seven protesters released on bail from entering the 'tent city' protest encampment on Rothschild Boulevard for the next seven days.

Police had sought to prolong the detention of all eight protesters, who are suspected of offenses including assaulting police officers, damaging property and throwing a smoke grenade during the protest.

The eight were arrested at the end of Saturday night's mass protests against high housing costs, when hundreds of demonstrators blocked Rehov Ibn Gvirol in the city center, and began hurling objects and bottles at police, according to a Tel Aviv police statement.

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