Scuffles have broken out between police and protesters who took to the Israeli streets on Sunday, including to PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, demanding he resign and lambasting his coronavirus response.
Police used water cannons and mounted units to disperse crowds in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as thousands of protesters demanded Netanyahu’s resignation over corruption charges and demonstrated against the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
גם בירושלים, גם בתל אביב, זה הולך להיות קיץ ארוך וחם. מאות מפגינים נצורים בכיכר הבימה. המפגינים ישבו על הרצפה ולא נתנו לשוטרים לפנות אותם pic.twitter.com/Uzq1t0cLff
Thousands protesting against govt policies & handling of economic crisis in #Jerusalem. Arrests were made as protesters faced police water houses outside Prime Minister @netanyahu residence. @i24NEWS_ENpic.twitter.com/hmZCFpGkMD
ההפגנה בירושלים | עימותים בין שוטרים למפגינים@moyshispic.twitter.com/sajiCSzRri
A big crowd marched to Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem for the fourth time this week.
ההפגנה בירושלים | מאות מפגינים צועדים ברחובות המעלות, טרומפלדור ובמורד רחוב בצלאל, לכיוון היציאה מהעיר@moyshis@AkivaWeiszpic.twitter.com/FxeaR8VnjK
המפגינים איגפו את בלפור והגיעו לכניסה השנייה מרחוב סמולינקין. pic.twitter.com/biFuOxHTLU
Earlier tonight outside @netanyahu residence in the Jerusalem. That’s the crowd he is trying to label anarchists. https://t.co/hcjIRdJJE6
The latest protests against Netanyahu came the day before the second hearing in his trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.
Raw video of protesters marching through the streets of western Jerusalem on Saturday night after Shabbat, including police using a water cannon. pic.twitter.com/O8CLmDuoCx
The government on Friday announced new restrictions over Covid-19, which has taken a heavy economic toll on the country.
Protesters argued that instead of taking action to avoid the second wave of the disease, the Israeli leader had been more preoccupied with his own legal woes.
“Instead of planning a fight against the justice system, you should have been planning to fight against unemployment,” one of the speakers at the anti-government rally in Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore Park said, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.
Police arrested some protesters in Tel Aviv, where demonstrators blocked roads and threw objects at officers. At least one officer was allegedly pepper-sprayed.
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