Thousands of haredim protest new Jerusalem multiplex operating during Shabbat

Clashes with police broke out in the capital Friday night when thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at simultaneous demonstrations to protest the opening of a new multiplex operating during Shabbat in Southern Jerusalem.

The demonstrations took place in the haredi neighborhoods of Mea Shearim and Romema, miles away from the new 16-screen theater, Yes Planet, which opened to the public in Abu Tur on Friday night without incident.

According to police, violence erupted at the Romema demonstration when protesters blocked roadways and then threw rocks at members of the media filming the spectacle, as well as responding officers.


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