Hundreds gather in TA to protest 'undemocratic bills'

November 22, 2011 19:48


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Hundreds of left wing activists gathered in front of Habima National Theater Tuesday night, to protest against a series of recently passed laws that they say muzzle freedom of speech.

Meretz and Peace Now were among the organizations who called for the gathering at Rothschild Boulevard in front of Habima.

In their first plenum readings, the Knesset on Monday voted in favor of a libel bill and another bill that seeks to regulate the Bar Association’s choice of representatives to the Judicial Selection Committee.

"This is the first demonstration and sadly, certainly not the last,” Peace Now General Director Yariv Oppenheimer told The Jerusalem Post over the phone. “The right has a majority in the Knesset but we’ve seen in the summer that the Israeli street is powerful. If a lot of people come today and to other demonstrations then we can stop this legislation. This is a wake-up call to the public.”

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