South Tel Aviv protest - Dudu Bachar - January 7, 2012
Protesters clash with police in south Tel Aviv during a protest against the municipality’s attempt to dismantle a tent city for homeless families, January 7, 2012. Photo by Dudu Bachar
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Israel Police arrest a social protest demonstrator. Photo by Dudu Bachar

Approximately 200 protesters clashed with police in south Tel Aviv on Saturday night during a protest against the municipality’s attempt dismantle a tent city for homeless families.

Several demonstrators were forcefully arrested after blocking the main thoroughfare of the Hatikva neighborhood, where a police force has gathered to evict one of the last remaining tent cities in Israel.

The protesters chanted slogans against Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held signs calling for “housing for all,” and blamed police for using excessive force to disperse the protest.

One of the protesters, who along with his wife and four children, has made the tent city his home for the past several months, said that the protest was against “the inflexibility of the municipality – this is a lot of rage here.” He also said he did not believe the protest would become violent. Another tent city resident says the protesters have no intention of giving up and would “fight the eviction until the end.”

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