Hundreds of haredim gathered near the lot and around the neighborhood of Meah Shearim, many of them children. Eight protestors have been arrested so far.
A group of around 200 also attempted to storm the lot, but police held them back. A few dozen lay or sat holding hands on the main road, blocking traffic. When officers attempted to clear them away they began to cry, "Shabbes" and "Nazis".
A number of officers on horseback are also present at the lot and just outside of Meah Shearim, where protestors have gathered to cry out against the parking lot's opening.
Efrat Weiss contributed to this report