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PHOTOS: Thousands of African asylum seekers protest prolonged detention in Tel Aviv

Photos: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org, Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org
Text: Haggai Matar

Approximately 2,000 African asylum seekers and Israeli activists marched from Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv to Rothschild Boulevard Saturday night to protest the arrests that took place during two “freedom marches” earlier this week. They blocked major intersections in the heart of the city while chanting “freedom!” At least three protesters were arrested.

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest prolonged detention, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Earlier this week, a group of approximately 150 asylum seekers went on a two-day “freedom march” from the Holot “open prison” in Israel’s south to the Knesset in Jerusalem. Upon their arrival, the group was arrested, placed on buses and sent to a closed facility in the Negev. Just one day later, another 130 asylum seekers left Holot, this time in the direction of Tel Aviv. That time, immigration officers stopped the march shortly after it began.

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest government policies, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest government policies, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli activists help an African asylum seeker who was pepper sprayed during a refugee protest in Tel Aviv. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Police hold back Asylum seekers, Israeli protesters during march in central Tel Aviv. (photo: Activestills.org

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest prolonged detention, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week. (photo: Activestills.org)

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest prolonged detention, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week. (photo: Activestills.org)

African asylum seekers march in Tel Aviv to protest prolonged detention, arrests made during “freedom marches” earlier in the week as Israelis attending a performance at the Bima national theater look on. (photo: Activestills.org)

 

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  • COMMENTS

    1. Abel

      Jewish people are still refugees in europe streets from the long time.so please take lesson from your history you are not better than any else.

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    2. mikle

      why israel peaople so hard against refeges especialy black africans,did they forget for 400 years with no country?if they dis like refegees ,they will be hated by all countries ,they will not have any place in europe usa,africa….tc

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    3. Amanuel Goitom

      Dear Adam no one is ignor the good side of Israel people. But i just want to remainde you the politicians want to be refugee is crime

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    4. multicultural

      Multiculturalism is the new way that Israel will have to come to accept.
      The white israelis resent that americans will need to be at the center of promoting multiculturalism,
      but their state will be run by the natives such as was the case in South Africa.

      Black and Brown faces built the land of Israel and they will run it for their own children. Now that the South Africans are better off we will soon see the same changes for Israel

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