Immigrants Stage Violent Protest

A peaceful demonstration by new immigrants living in trailer homes at an absorption center near Acre turned violent when some of the demonstrators threw stones at police, injuring three of them.

Immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union were protesting Sunday what they claimed were unacceptable conditions at the site, which houses more than 4,000 people.

The immigrants have complained repeatedly about the trailer camp’s state of disrepair. They say it is unfair for them to pay for repairs that should be made by the owners, the state-run Amidar housing company.

Sunday’s demonstration turned violent when protesters refused police requests to disperse, leading to scuffles and stone-throwing.

The Construction and Housing Ministry has decided to gradually phase out the trailer home centers scattered around the country, which were established to help house the massive wave of new immigrants.

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