TA issues order to evacuate tents; activists petition court

Municipal clerks order residents of Tel Aviv's tent cities to evacuate within 3 days; activists tell court move a violation of right to protest.

September 8, 2011 17:45
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A protester is subdued by police outside City Hall

protest city hall tel aviv 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Tel Aviv Municipality clerks were issuing evacuation orders to residents of the tent cities on Rothschild Boulevard, Ben Gurion Boulevard and Nordau Boulevard on Thursday, instructing them to leave within three days.

Israel Radio reported that in response to the orders, activists petitioned the Tel Aviv District Court to issue an injunction against further evacuation of tents.

The tents may be down, but the social issues remain

The activists claimed in their petition that removing the tents infringes on their right to demonstrate.

The petition was issued after the Tel Aviv Local Affairs Court revoked on Thursday afternoon a temporary injunction issued in the early hours of Thursday morning against the removal of protest tents on Rothschild Boulevard.

The temporary injunction was imposed at 1 a.m. Thursday after lawyers representing protest leaders requested that the court cancel orders by municipalities across the country to clear tent cities.

In revoking the injunction, the judge said on Thursday afternoon that the petitioners should take the issue to the Tel Aviv District Court for Administrative Matters.

Indictments were filed at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Thursday afternoon against 7 of the 40 people arrested in Wednesday night's violent demonstration outside City Hall in Tel Aviv.

The seven defendants are accused of taking part in the violent disturbance, and one is further accused of shoving, punching and then threatening a police officer.

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