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Israel Sends 150 Protesting African Runaways Back To Jail

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December 17, 2013 AT 12:40 PM
Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely. Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside the Israeli parliament, which last week passed a law allowing authorities to hold illegal migrants in an "open facility" until they leave the country. We are not criminals," one migrant, who did not give his name, said at the protest. Police and immigration officers broke up the migrants' demonstration and loaded them on to buses headed for prison.