Another protest in New Square draws about 800
BY STEVE LIEBERMAN • Journal News
NEW SQUARE — For the second time in two nights, protesters took to the village streets on Monday.
Ramapo police were still looking into the cause, but they believe the protests centered on who can worship at a synagogue at 91 Washington Ave. and other conflicts involving two factions within the Hasidic Jewish community.
Ramapo police arrested five village residents on trespass violation after they were accused of refusing to leave the building. Their names were not released this morning.
The Monday demonstration started at 10 p.m. and included an estimated 800 people in and around 91 Washington Ave., Sgt. Margaret Sammarone said.
The building houses Congregation Ber Yakov, a yeshiva where students are permitted to worship.
The rabbi who oversees the school could not be reached. Police are investigating whether the rabbi was the target of Sunday night's protest.
Police suspect the demonstration on Monday countered a Sunday protest on Bush Lane against a rabbi that drew about 500 people about 9:30 p.m.
Police were given advance information about the protest on Monday. Ramapo officers were assisted by officers from Spring Valley and the Sheriff's Department.
In both demonstrations, the protesters dispersed when the police arrived. No property damage or injuries were reported.
A YouTube video of the Sunday night demonstrations includes people chanting, "Stop the Terror" outside the Bush Lane house.