Violent confrontation between protesters and Channel 20 reporters

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A Channel 20 broadcast station was attacked last night (Tuesday) as part of a demonstration that took place in Habima Square in Tel Aviv. As part of the broadcast, Yariv Oppenheimer, a member of “Peace Now” and former MK Idit Silman from the “Right” sat in the position, and took part in the broadcast that came out of the channel’s studios.

During the broadcast, a convoy of hundreds of “Crime Minister” demonstrators passed by and stopped at the stand and made noise for the broadcast. As can be seen live, one protester burst in and pulled Silman’s microphone. The demonstrators remained in front of the stand and made noise, so that the broadcast could not continue. Police were present, formed a human chain buffer between the demonstrators and the position for several minutes, until the demonstration moved on.

Courtesy of Channel 20

Boaz Golan, a Channel 20 man who was also present at the event, later tweeted: “Violent anarchists earlier attacked the Channel 20 team. The producer was knocked to the floor and kicked. The waitress took the microphone. “They hit us. If I did not defend myself and the police did not evacuate them, which of the staff would end up in a hospital. A complaint was filed with the police.”

The demonstrators, on the other hand, claim violence that Golan used against them and distribute a video in which, according to them, Golan hits and pushes one of the demonstrators who arrived at the scene.

The incident provoked a series of reactions and condemnations from right and left. For example, President Robbie Rivlin tweeted this morning (Wednesday): “We must not accept such sights with equanimity. No journalist should be required to be security while performing his job, whatever his positions may be. Do not close your eyes, this is not our way. This is not his way. Of the people of Israel. “

A Yarkon police spokesman said: “Yesterday evening, a procession of about a hundred young people took place on the streets of Tel Aviv.. Although it was a procession that was not approved and therefore took place in violation of the law, the police allowed its existence while informing the demonstrators that they must maintain public order, avoid blocking deputies as well as maintain emergency regulations regarding the corona. During the procession, the demonstrators confronted media representatives who were present (the police collected evidence and opened an investigation) and when the demonstrators did not comply with the instructions and violated public order as well as the NIS regulations, the police ordered them to disperse. “The police arrested four of the rioters on the spot and at the end of their investigation were released under restrictive conditions. The police emphasize that they will allow freedom of expression and freedom of protest within reasonable limits while creating balance and protecting public peace and health.







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