Sderot protest moving to Tel Aviv
Residents of battered Negev town decide to move massive tent housing their protest against state's inability to stop Qassam fire from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Meanwhile municipal leaders from across the country visit Sderot in show of support, say they regret not acting sooner
The Sderot Municipality is planning to move resurrect its protest tent in Tel Aviv on Thursday as part of the town's ongoing struggle to raise awareness of the grave security situation in the Gaza vicinity communities.
The tent, which up until recently had been pitched outside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office in Jerusalem, was recently dismantled on police orders out for fear it may collapse on the demonstrators due to the inclement weather conditions in the capital.
On Wednesday a group of 20 municipal leaders from across the country visited the battered western Negev town to offer their support. Some of them said they regretted not acting earlier, and agreed to boost their efforts in inducing the government to stop the incessant Qassam rocket attacks emanating from Gaza.
A week-and-a-half ago protestors from Sderot blocked the Ayalon Highway near the Azrieli center and Hashalom train station in Tel Aviv and managed to completely paralyze all northbound traffic for a while until they were pushed back by police.
The rally then made its way to Jerusalem, where the demonstrators initially set up the protest tent outside the High Court of Justice before moving to Olmert's office.
"If this (protest) won't work, we'll think of something else; we don't want Sderot to be abandoned," Mayor Eli Moyal told Ynet at the time.