Israeli online daily Haaretz reported on Thursday at night that two police officers and two students were mildly injured, and twelve were arrested during clashes that took place in Jerusalem after the students protested over educated reforms”, the Israeli radio reported. Haaretz added that the two students were taken to hospital for treatment and that the two officers were treated on the scene. The police arrested twelve students.
According to the Israeli police, more than a 1000 students marched in the streets and blocked some roads in Jerusalem.
The protesting students were attempting to reach the residents of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. They were protesting against what was described as “education reforms” and were demanding the government to decrees the tuition fees, and increase the education budget.
The police claimed that the organizers “lost control over the protesters” and that the students marched to Zion Square to the central plaza and blocked the traffic on Jaffa Street.
The students, who wore red shirts and carrying drums, chanted “No to education fees”, and “Free education for all”.
The students set up a protest tent near the residence of the prime minister, and stated that they plan to remain there for a significant period of time.
Haaretz also reported that the students are planning a “free day of education” on Friday in Tel Aviv. Lecturers will speak on different subjects and will hold discussions, theater workshops and street shows.