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Israeli police arrest 85 after rally turns violent

- Associated Press - Sunday, June 24, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday said 85 protesters were arrested after clashing with officers and vandalizing banks in Tel Aviv.

The demonstrators gathered Saturday night to protest the arrest of 12 social activists a day earlier. Some blocked main roads and scuffled with police.

Police said others shattered windows on five banks. The media reported that, in one case, protesters charged inside a bank and planted a tent, the symbol of social protests that swept the country last summer.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police made the arrests to prevent looting. He estimated that 1,500 demonstrators were in the protests, though media reports gave a number four times higher.

Activist leader Daphni Leef accused police of brutality, saying officers bruised and humiliated her when they detained her Friday. She was released on bail.

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