Protesters vow to stay put at South Tel Aviv tent city

July 25, 2011 22:05


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Dozens of Israelis set up a small-scale tent city protest in south Tel Aviv's Lewinsky Park on Monday, less than a day after municipality officials expelled a similar protest at the same spot.

Demonstrators began arriving at the park at 7 p.m., and eventually faced off with a single clerk from the municipality who repeatedly warned them not to pitch any tents or the tents would be confiscated. An at-times heated and to some degree comical back-and-forth then ensued between the clerk and several protesters, who eventually managed to set up 6 tents in a semi-circle, before the clerk gave up and retreated several meters away where he remained with two colleagues from the municipality.

Chanting "South Tel Aviv wants social justice," protesters took turns making remarks into a single megaphone, while a few children of African migrants helped paint and color protest signs.

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