Fifteen social activists arrested in Tel Aviv late Saturday night after protesters smashed bank windows will be charged today for destroying public property, causing public disturbances and assaulting police officers, Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Another 70 demonstrators arrested last night were freed without being charged, Rosenfeld said. Social activists are trying to revive the large-scale demonstrations that took place last summer in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities and led the government to take measures to rein in the cost of housing and essential consumer items.
Protesters had clashed with police in a June 23 demonstration after the Tel Aviv municipality said it wouldn’t allow them to set up tent encampments in the city’s business district, as occurred last summer.
“The Israeli police are acting as if we are police state instead of a democratic nation,” said Zehava Gal-On, leader of the Meretz party which is supporting the protests, in an interview today on Israel Radio.
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