JERUSALEM (Apr. 5)
Eighteen Black Panthers protesting the recent price rises were arrested today after they took over a supermarket in the Kiryat Yovel suburb and started selling items at 20 percent below the marked prices. Police Deputy Commander Avraham Turjeman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Panthers would be charged with illegal assembly.
He said the police intended to press the charges even though the invasion was, in Turjeman’s words, a “stunt.” He claimed it could have led to a serious breach of the peace. When police arrived some Panthers were picketing outside the supermarket while those inside were busily stamping lower prices on items from the shelves and checking out delighted customers at the check-out counters.