Tel Aviv Housing protest crowd demonstration 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
In a remand hearing Sunday, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court ruled
to release eight people arrested during a rally at the corner of Rehovs
Dizengoff and Ibn Gavirol Saturday night.The remainder of the 43 people
who were arrested on suspicion of attacking police and disturbing public
order during the rally were released.
One of the eight was
released unconditionally, but the remaining seven were released on bail
conditions. The court also issued an injunction that bans the seven
protesters released on bail from entering the 'tent city' protest
encampment on Rothschild Boulevard for the next seven days.
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had sought to prolong the detention of all eight protesters, who are
suspected of offenses including assaulting police officers, damaging
property and throwing a smoke grenade during the protest.
The eight were arrested at the end of Saturday night's mass protest
against high housing costs, when hundreds of demonstrators blocked
Rehov Ibn Gvirol in the city center, and began hurling objects and
bottles at police, according to a Tel Aviv police statement.
Police said hundreds of activists were permitted to block roads at the
end of Saturday night's demonstration, but that "a group of law breakers
chose to attack officers, threw stun and smoke grenades and bottles at
officers, as well as dragging garbage cans."
"We warned them repeatedly that they would be dispersed, and those who
did not respond were subjected to reasonable force," Tel Aviv police
Police accused hundreds of suspects of "cynically using the good will of
officers to allow for freedom of expression and demonstration to riot."
Demonstrators in turn accused police of being violent and using excessive force.
Earlier Saturday night,
tens of thousands gathered in central Tel Aviv for a rally against
soaring housing prices and the high cost of living.
rally, which was the country’s biggest social-issues demonstration in
years, brought together people from tent cities across the country, who
have been camping over the past week, as well as tens of thousands of
other Israelis from all walks of life.
“We want social justice, not charity” and, “The people want social
justice,” the protesters marched from Kikar Habimah to the Tel Aviv
Museum, where they held the demonstration.Ben Hartman contributed to this report