Netanyahu Protest: Hundreds Rally Against Israeli Government in Tel Aviv

Date: 2020-07-29 02:26:18

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Hundreds of people protested in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, pressing forward with a more than month-long campaign calling on Israel’s longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.

The protesters waved Israeli flags and black flags – the symbol of the protest movement – at a demonstration outside Public Security Minister Amir Ohana’s apartment building.

Demonstrators spilled onto a major highway, blocking traffic, as they protested leaked comments Ohana made to police chiefs urging them to clamp down on anti-Netanyahu rallies.

Public discontent with the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic crisis has drawn thousands, including many young Israelis, to twice-weekly protests demanding Netanyahu resign from office while on trial for corruption.

Netanyahu is on trial for a series of cases in which he allegedly received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and traded regulatory favors with media moguls for more favorable coverage of himself and his family.

The prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, accusing the media and law enforcement of a witch hunt to oust him from office, and has refused to leave office.

The protests against Netanyahu are the largest the country has seen since 2011′s rallies demanding for economic reform.

While they have largely been peaceful, police have arrested dozens for public disturbance and have drawn charges of using excessive force against protesters

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