VIDEO - Four residents of the Tuba Zangaria village were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of torching a regional council building and vandalizing a community center and a clinic in the village a day after a mosque was set on fire there. Large police forces searched homes, meeting resistance from residents.
"The police are making a big mistake by arresting people while we are still shocked from the mosque arson," one resident told Ynet. "By doing this they are provoking additional riots that will have adverse outcomes for the village. The police have to get out of here."
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As the four 20-something suspects were arrested, dozens of locals took to the streets and attempted to disrupt the officers. "Leave us alone," some of the protesters shouted. Others cursed at the police.
"My son has nothing to do with the riots," one of the suspects' mothers told Ynet. "The police wants to make an impression at our expense because they failed to restore public order, and instead of making efforts to generate a good atmosphere in the village they are inflaming the situation."
Northern District Police commander Roni Atiya said that the security forces are sticking to the goal of bringing the suspects to justice while also "communicating with the village elders to calm the tension."
Dozens of youths rioted in the Upper Galilee over night; in addition to setting fire to a municipal building, they hurled stones at police forces, and burned tires and Israeli flags. The rioters broke windows and doors of a community center, and vandalized a clinic.
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