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Tents come down after Israeli protests

Sept. 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM   |   Comments

JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Tent cities across Israel were being dismantled Sunday one day after the country's largest-ever social protest.

Tents along Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, and elsewhere throughout the country, were erected about two months ago, housing members of the National Union of Israeli Students, The Jerusalem Post reported. More than 400,000 individuals rallied across the country Saturday to bring awareness to alleged social injustices and the tent encampments served as meeting places for the cause.

"We are taking down the tent today with our head held high, after the very significant rally that took place yesterday," Yuval Bedolach, a student union representative said. "The tents were, in some way, a symbol and we had to choose a very particular date to take them down. The tents were merely sheets and pegs; the people inside are what is important -- the people who were at the rally yesterday and will be there next week as well."

There has been no official decision to take down the tents, Israeli news source Haaertz reported, and many will remain standing throughout the country to host lectures.

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