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Scores Arrested in Israeli Protests

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Israeli activists raise their hands during a social protest in Tel Aviv, June 24, 2012.

Israeli activists raise their hands during a social protest in Tel Aviv, June 24, 2012.

Israeli police have arrested 85 demonstrators in Tel Aviv, who were demanding social reforms and affordable housing.

Officials say the protesters clashed with police, vandalized banks, and blocked roads late Saturday.

Demonstrators said they were also upset after a protest leader said she was injured when taken into custody at an earlier rally.

Last year, thousands of protesters took to Israel's streets and tent cities mushroomed across the country in an unprecedented campaign for economic and social reform that caught the government by surprise.

Some reforms have been implemented, but many Israelis feel the reforms have not gone far enough.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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