Yechimovich slams police violence against social protesters

June 22, 2012 18:53


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Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich said Friday that evidence was growing to suggest police used excessive violence in their breaking up of a social justice protest in central Tel Aviv on Friday at the site of last summer's Rothschild Tent City.

Yechimovich stated that protesters, old and young alike, were beaten, and actor Tomer Sharon and social justice movement leader Daphne Leef were arrested for no reason.

"Despite the fact that Public Security Minister [Yitzhak] Aharonovitch told me clearly in the Knesset that there was no order from on high to take harsh steps against the movement's protesters, it turns out that the government and its operational branches have decided not to enable the existence of democratic protests this summer," Yechimovich stated.

Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz called the police's arrests of social justice activists on Friday  "brutal" and proof that "the government is affraid and doing all in its power to block the renewal of the protest movement."

He added: The activists returned to the streets because nothing they were promised last summer was delivered, the situation only worsened."

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