Protest turns violent in Tel Aviv

Sept. 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Seven demonstrators appeared in an Israeli court Thursday accused of attacking police during a protest outside Tel Aviv's city hall that turned violent.

The seven were accused of shoving, punching and threatening police, The Jerusalem Post reported.

They were part of a group of social justice demonstrators who gathered to object to government efforts to shut down tent cities that were put up in July.

The protesters marched with signs and threw eggs and flowers at the entrance of the building, Haaretz reported.

Police arrested 40 demonstrators but only the seven were taken to court for an expedited indictment.

Municipal cleanup crews began breaking down tent cities across Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

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