Haredim riot over "mixed bus" in Mea Sharim

March 31, 2010 20:52

Declaring they would no longer allow "mixed buses" into their neighborhood, a group of haredi men began rioting in Mea Sharim on Wednesday, after an Egged bus that was not "Mehadrin", or separated by gender, made its way into the Jerusalem enclave.

The group of men blocked the bus, before a number of them boarded and attacked the bus driver, who was lightly injured. The rioters then demanded that male and female passengers on the bus sit apart from one another – men in the front and women in the back. Police who arrived at the scene were attacked with stones by the rioters, who declared that they would "stop all mixed buses from entering the neighborhood."

The rioters were later dispersed by police.

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