(photo credit: Henry Rome)
A protest near the Knesset turned violent on Tuesday, resulting in light
injuries for two police officers and the arrests of nine protesters of Ethiopian
Around 100 people protested poor housing conditions for new
immigrants, clogging up traffic in Givat Ram. Carrying signs and Israeli flags
and banging on empty gasoline containers, the protesters assailed the level of
housing aid and the cramped living conditions in government housing.
housing is not comfortable to live in,” one protester, Fasil Worku, said. “The
housing is not good.”
The protest turned violent briefly, and by
afternoon scores of police officers, four police horses and a water cannon truck
had parked nearby.
At one point in the early afternoon, a leader of the
protest called on the group to walk away from the Knesset, on Kaplan Street,
toward the Interior Ministry. Dozens of police officers followed the group to
back up officers at the ministry. But only minutes later, the group abruptly
turned around and moved back toward the Knesset, causing police officers to
sprint back to their previous posts.
The back-and-forth continued
throughout the afternoon.
The protest was coordinated with the police,
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.