J14 protest leader to face indictment in TA court

January 6, 2013 22:56

A little over six months after she and 11 others were arrested in a Tel Aviv protest that quickly spiraled out of control, J14 protest leader Daphni Leef is set to face charges of using violence to prevent arrest, obstructing a police officer, and taking part in a disturbance in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's court on Monday.

The indictment, originally presented on November 1st, 2012, alleges that Leef and hundreds of other protesters began attacking police and municipal workers who came to break up an illegal protest they were holding on Rothschild Boulevard.

The indictment, which will be read on Monday morning, alleges that while Leef was being arrested other protesters began fighting attacking and disturbing police in an attempt to free her, and that Leef herself sat on the ground in order to prevent them from taking her away, an act that severely complicated the police work.

Leef and other protesters, for their part, accused police of using violence and excessive force in breaking up the protest.

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