There aren't any big chareidi rabbis whose funeral I would attend, so I really didn't see the point of finding out what the occasion was. Also, women don't join the mobs/crowds in those neighborhoods, Me'ah She'arim, Geula etc.
Then I realized that the crowd seemed a bit too young and tense for a funeral, and the police were gathering, too. I debated taking pictures. Years ago, photographers were routinely attacked in those neighborhoods for daring to make human images. But things have changed. I saw lots of people (yes, young chareidim) taking pictures, another reason I began to doubt that it was a funeral, so I very discretely whipped out my camera for just a couple of shots.
Over to my left, from Me'ah She'arim, I noticed a large garbage bin had been set alight. That was a good reason to pick up my pace and get to the safety of Jaffa Road as quickly as possible.
Soon after I made it out of there rioters took over the streets of Geula and Me'ah She'arim protesting the arrest of crooks, con artists, who have been stealing from charities.
Violent demonstrations took hold of the capital’s Mea She’arim neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, following the arrest of six haredi men earlier in the day. The men were arrested on suspicion of embezzling charitable funds, money laundering, tax evasion and other tax offenses.It really bothers me that there's a Pavlovian protest/riot reaction among the chareidim against the authorities when one of them is arrested. They should be angry at the crooks, not the police. It's obvious that they can't police themselves within the community. Stealing from charities, abusing power etc are all against the Torah. Full beards and long black coats can hide a multitude of sins.
There are many good, sincere, Torah and G-d loving people among the chareidim who should be outraged at the corruption of the few. Those men I saw on the streets and who rioted later on should have been busy studying and praying that their friends repent. There was no excuse for the riots and damage to public property.