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The Demonstration in Tel Aviv Turned Into a March of Mourning 20/05/2004
 
 

  

Hundreds of Courage to Refuse's members and supporters, joined by members of other groups from the Israeli Peace Camp, demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv. The demonstration was initiated by Courage to Refuse and the refusenik Pilots (who signed the Pilots' Letter last year - declaring they would not participate in any missions that would hurt innocent civilians) immediately after IDF's tank's shells hit a civilian demonstration in Gaza, killing 10 civilians. According the IDF spokesperson, helicopters and tanks shot missiles and shells nearby the demonstration's venue in order to deter the demonstrators from getting into the fighting area in Rafah.

The demonstrators in Tel Aviv protested against the use of such measures against civilians, and declared it to be an illegitimate act, to which the Israeli government's ministers are personally responsible.

After about an hour of standing in front of the Ministry of Defense, the demonstration turned spontaneously into a parade, heading towards Rabin Square.

Although unplanned, the parade was greeted by most of the passersby, some of them joined it, and even the drivers waited patiently while the demonstrators, who filled the streets, went by.

 

But when the parade was only minutes away from Rabin's Square, a police force stormed into it, hit few of the demonstrators and threatened others.

8 Demonstrators got arrested, including David Zonshine, one of Courage to Refuse's founders and its chairman. Two of the demonstrators were hurt by the police and needed medical care.

The demonstration, however, went on in spite the police's violent intervention.

 

When the arrested demonstrators were bailed the next morning, the court criticized the police and said that "The court must warn against using court procedures to silence protesters or limit their rights to express their opinions." Judge Ruth Ben-Hanoch used harsh words to describe the behavior of the police in holding 2 minors under arrest overnight.

 

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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/429644.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/430215.html

 

 

http://www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=7629

 


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