No tent city on Rothschild Boulevard, court rules

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July 25, 2012 14:24

 
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In a blow to civil and social rights activists on Wednesday, the Tel Aviv District Court rejected a petition demanding rights to pitch a new tent protest encampment on Rothschild Boulevard.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and five social justice activists filed the petition three weeks ago, asking the court to force the Tel Aviv municipality to change its policies regarding tent protests.

ACRI attorney Sharona Eliahu-Chai slammed the court's rejection of the petition, saying it "legitimized draconian municipal policies that suppress the freedom to protest".

Wednesday's court ruling is the latest stage in what has turned into a protracted legal struggle between social protesters, local residents and municipal authorities over Tel Aviv's public space.

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