Preparing for any scenario
Photo: Ofer Amram
Using clubs and shields
Photo: Ofer Amram

Hundreds of officers prepare for gay parade

Some 400 Tel Aviv policemen train Wednesday for Thursday's pride parade in Jerusalem, prepare for violence by protestors. Meanwhile, haredim continue to demonstrate against parade across country

Some 400 policemen of the Tel Aviv District police held drills Wednesday ahead of the gay pride parade, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem Thursday. The officers will join the Jerusalem police in securing the parade.


The police are taking very seriously the possibility that disturbances at the event will result in violence, and officers practiced the use of clubs and shields in case this happens.


Meanwhile, despite an official notice published by the rabbis of the United Torah Judaism Tuesday calling on haredim not to demonstrate against the parade, violent protests ensued across Israel. Police arrested 12 haredim in Bnei Brak, including eight teens, for hurling stones at cars during the night. Two of them were later released.


Disturbances also took place at strictly-Orthodox neighborhoods in the capital, including Givat Shaul, Meah Shearim, Beit Yisrael and Bait Vagan. The Jerusalem police arrested seven people on suspicion of throwing stones and clashing with officers. Four policemen were injured in the incidents; three of them were evacuated to the hospital.


פרסום ראשון: 06.20.07, 12:48
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