Violent protest outside TA City Hall after tents removed

Over 30 arrested after demonstrators try to break into municipality, throw eggs at building, following early morning cleanup of tent cities.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 7, 2011 19:45
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A protester is subdued by police outside City Hall

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

 
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Approximately 200 people protested outside Tel Aviv City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, in anger over the municipality breaking down tent cities across the city earlier in the day.

The protest turned violent as demonstrators tried to force their way into City Hall. Some threw eggs and other objects at the building. Others then blocked Ibn Gvirol street, stopping traffic in the area.

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The protesters clashed with policemen as the latter attempted to subdue them. Over 30 people were arrested.

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Demonstrators shouted slogans against the municipality and Mayor Ron Huldai, chanting "Huldai go home" and "disgrace." At one point, demonstrators swarmed around a car leaving the City Hall premises, chased it and tried to block it from leaving, but the vehicle promptly fled.

In the morning clean-up crews from the municipality began removing empty tents and assorted clutter. The tent cities in question included not only the main Rothschild campsite but also the campsites on Nordau Boulevard and Ben-Gurion Boulevard. The majority of the Rothschild tent city, the epicenter of the movement since the first tents were planted at its northern end on July 14, was clean by 9 a.m.

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Only the day before the municipality had sent clerks bearing roses and fliers to the tent city, telling residents that the city would clear out the campsite and others across the city by the high holidays at the end of the month. Less than 24 hours later, the clean-up crews arrived.

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