Protesters block street in south Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Or Yizhar and Orly Barlev)
A demonstration against plans to remove protest tents in south Tel Aviv’s
Hatikva neighborhood ended in disturbances and arrests on Saturday
The evacuation was scheduled to take place on Sunday
Social protest leaders form political movement
Hundreds of people took part in a march that began at Gan
Hatikva and proceeded toward Yigal Allon Street. Police said the
gathering was illegal.
Protesters blocked traffic on Yigal Allon street
and twenty three were arrested including
Stav Shaffir, one of the leaders of the social justice movement.
said that protesters had blocked the intersection of Hagana and Yigal Allon
streets. They later blocked Lod Street.
In a press release
publicizing the protest, organizers said: “The Hatikva tent encampment has
served as a home for the past six months for single mothers, families, parents,
children and the elderly – homeless and the direct victims of the
establishment’s unsympathetic and irresponsible policies.”
slammed the government for evacuating the encampment without providing a plan
for alternative housing for those living there.
“Today we will all come
to support the residents of the encampment and say to the prime minister: ‘In
the State of Israel, a person will not be tossed from street to street – no
evacuation without housing solutions.’” The demonstration was attended by
several of the organizers of Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard tent city,
including Shaffir and Dafni Leef.