Roy Nueman, the spokesman of the tent-city leaders, slammed on Wednesday the Tel Aviv municipality and Mayor Ron Huldai over beginning to dismantle the four major campsites in the city, saying they had "once again turned their backs on city residents."
Nueman said that despite a publicly issued promise on Tuesday that the city would not evict protesters from their tents, "inspectors arrived in the cover of darkness - as in a covert military operation - in order to strike the largest social protest in the history of the country, as if activists were enemies of the state and not law-abiding citizens."
The spokesman said that the municipality took the National Student Union's announcement that they were dismantling their tent as indication that the protest had ended, despite the fact that the union represents "only a tiny fraction of protesters."
Unlike Huldai's claim that only uninhabited tents were removed, the statement continued, some tents were removed that contained expensive personal equipment belonging to activists still residing there.
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