Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, crowding the streets of central Jerusalem, and weeks of protests against Israeli leaders appeared to be heating up.
Demonstrations in central Jerusalem, smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, demonstrations near the beach house in Netanyahu in central Israel, and dozens of busy intersections across the country were among the most numerous participants in the protests in weeks. One.
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets, calling on Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis, and saying that he should not stay on trial for corruption charges.
Although Netanyahu tried to play down the protests, the two-weekly gathering showed no signs of slowing down.
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The demonstrators raised the Israeli flag and blew the horn as they marched. Many people posted posters saying “Minister of Crime” and “Bibi Go Home”, or accused Netanyahu of being out of touch with the public.
After midnight, hundreds of people remained in the area, ignoring police calls to leave.
Anti-riot troops entered the area and began to clear people. As of early Sunday morning, most of the remaining people seemed to have left peacefully, but saw the police dragging some militants away.
Conflict with the police
Since 2011 protests against the country’s high cost of living, Israel’s rally against Netanyahu has been the largest.
Netanyahu regarded the demonstrators as “leftists” and “anarchists.”
On Saturday night, his Likud party issued a statement accusing two private Israeli television stations of carrying out “endless propaganda” on protesters and exaggerating the importance of the rally.
Although the demonstrations were basically peaceful, there have been signs of violence in recent days.
Some protesters clashed with the police, accusing them of using excessive force, while a small gang of Netanyahu supporters linked to a far-right group attacked the demonstrators. Netanyahu claimed that the demonstrators incited violence against him.
The Israeli police have arrested about 20 far-right militants in recent days. The police say they are on high alert for violence in demonstrations.
According to reports, Netanyahu supporters were arrested on Saturday, including a man who got off a car in the northern city of Haifa and threw stones at a group of protesters. Police said a 63-year-old woman was slightly injured.
The demonstrations were organized by a loose network of activist groups. Some people objected to Netanyahu’s continued service during the trial. In a series of scandals, he was accused of fraud, breach of trust and taking bribes. Many people carry the black flag, which is the name of the grassroots movement.
Many demonstrators, including many young unemployed Israelis, have accused Netanyahu of improper handling of the coronavirus crisis and its economic losses.
After swift action to contain the virus earlier this year, many believed that Israel’s reopening of its economy was too fast, leading to a surge in cases.
The country is currently responding to record levels of the coronavirus, and the unemployment rate has soared above 20%.
As of Sunday, Israel has reported more than 72,000 coronavirus cases, including 500 confirmed deaths.