Approximately 200 people protested outside Tel Aviv City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, in anger over the municipality breaking down tent cities
across the city earlier in the day.
The protest turned violent as demonstrators tried to force their way into City Hall. Some threw eggs and other objects at the building. Others then blocked Ibn Gvirol street, stopping traffic in the area.
The protesters clashed with policemen as the latter attempted to subdue them. Over 30 people were arrested.RELATED
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Demonstrators shouted slogans against the municipality and Mayor Ron
Huldai, chanting "Huldai go home" and "disgrace." At one point,
demonstrators swarmed around a car leaving the City Hall premises,
chased it and tried to block it from leaving, but the vehicle promptly
In the morning clean-up crews from the municipality began removing empty
tents and assorted clutter. The tent cities in question included not
only the main Rothschild campsite but also the campsites on Nordau
Boulevard and Ben-Gurion Boulevard. The majority of the Rothschild tent
city, the epicenter of the movement since the first tents were planted
at its northern end on July 14, was clean by 9 a.m.
Only the day before the municipality had sent clerks bearing roses and
fliers to the tent city, telling residents that the city would clear out
the campsite and others across the city by the high holidays at the end
of the month. Less than 24 hours later, the clean-up crews arrived.