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Friday Night Demonstrations Continue

Several hundred riotequipped police and border police dispersed hundreds of black garbed Orthodox Jews demonstrating outside a Petach Tikva movie house Friday night as about 1,000 young patrons lined up to see the American film, “Breakdance.”

It was the 16th consecutive Friday night that local Orthodox elements attempted to interfere with a performance at the Heichal Cinema. This time their shouts of “Shabbas, Shabbas” were drowned out by the amplified music of “Benzine”, a popular rock group that performed outside the theater.

The appearance of baton-wielding police was sufficient to break up the demonstration without resort to violence.