Israeli activists dismantle a main tent in Tel Aviv
Israeli activists who triggered a massive nationwide protest movement six weeks ago when they set up camp in a wealthy district of Tel Aviv began dismantling their tent cities on Sunday. © Jack Guez - AFP
Israeli activists dismantle a main tent in Tel Aviv
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Last updated: September 5, 2011

Protesters dismantle tents in Tel Aviv

Israeli activists who triggered a massive nationwide protest movement six weeks ago when they set up camp in a wealthy district of Tel Aviv began dismantling their tent cities on Sunday.

An AFP photographer reported that the main tent of the student union, which has been at the heart of the campaign, was taken down on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard.

"The makeshift camp has fulfilled its goal and it is time to move on to other forms" of protest, a student union spokesman told AFP, a day after organisers managed to draw a record-breaking 400,000 protests to nationwide demonstrations.

Activists were also dismantling tent cities in Jerusalem, though it was unclear if encampments set up in other towns throughout the country were be taken down.

The unprecedented Israeli social movement, calling for lower living costs, began July 14, when a young amateur filmmaker unable to find affordable housing in Tel Aviv erected a tent on the median strip of Rothschild Boulevard.

Three days later, hundreds of young people supported by thousands of supporters put up a tent camp at the same location to protest against the high cost of rent.

The cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had urged protesters to remove their camps, but they refrained from using force to dislodge them.

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