Haredi activist hurt when dragged under car while protesting parking lot

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August 28, 2009 22:02

 
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A haredi protester threw himself under the wheels of idling car and was moderately injured Friday during a protest against the operation of a Jerusalem parking garage on Shabbat, police said. Haredim have converged on the parking garage every week since the Jerusalem municipality decided this summer to allow it to open on Shabbat. The protesters have scuffled with police and some have thrown themselves in front of vehicles to try to prevent them from driving. Jerusalem police spokesman Shmulik Ben-Ruby said it was not clear whether the driver knew the man had crawled underneath his car when it was stopped at a traffic light. The protester was dragged several dozen yards before the vehicle stopped, Ben-Ruby said. The driver fled the scene and police set up roadblocks to try to apprehend him, he said.

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