Demonstrations: Severe criticism of the opposition for the conduct of the police in the demonstrations

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Strong criticism: The conduct of the police during the demonstrations in front of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Held tonight (Saturday) in hundreds of hotspots across the country raised serious allegations of excessive violence perpetrated by police on protesters and over-enforcement of corona regulations, while the police are not working to keep protesters safe and arresting those who attacked them – after at least seven incidents in which protesters were attacked. The suspects in the attack were arrested. On the other hand, the police said that hundreds of reports were distributed to demonstrators in Tel Aviv for violating regulations.

The opposition was quick to respond and announced that they would work in the parliamentary ways to clarify the conduct of the police. MK Dirt sent Choose to speak sharply against police violence And called on protesters not to pay the fines they received. “Do not pay the fines – choose to stand trial. I and every elected public figure will be there to fight for you,” Shelach wrote.

He added that “the behavior of the police tonight is a direct result of the madness of the war in Bibi’s demonstrations, and the total surrender of blue and white to this madness. The answer is to increase the check, and one more thing: do not pay the fines. Choose to stand trial. We’ll see them bring thousands of protesters to court. I and every elected public will be there to fight for you. ‘

Demonstration against Netanyahu in Habima Square (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Chairman of the Interior Committee, MK Miki Haimovich, She arrived at the demonstration complex in Habima Square after protesters approached her alleging police violence against them and their incarceration in the compound without the ability to leave: “I came to the area to see things, and I am very worried. I tried to talk to the area commanders to prevent violence, but unfortunately without success. the police had used reasonable force tonight, and it seems that almost any act done, inflames the spirits. I hope Acting police commissioner indeed come summoned Interior Committee discussion, and I’m asking the protesters to be responsible and not come to the area. “

Miki Haimovich in protest in front of Habima (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

After Haimovich’s remarks, an MK turned to her Orna Barbibai Please hold an urgent discussion on the enforcement policy towards citizens who are protesting legally: “Tonight many reports were published by citizens about strict enforcement policy against citizens protesting legally. The justification for submitting the reports by the police and to ensure that the fundamental right to demonstrate will not be violated. “The issue does not suffer from a postponement and I expect the hearing to take place this week, especially in light of the fact that you committed to it and even voted against the law that was intended to infringe on freedom of expression,” Barbibai wrote in her address.

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Demonstrations in Tel Aviv: Arrest near Dizengoff Square (Photo: Avshalom Sasson)

Opposition leader Yair Lapid Commenting on the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far not condemned the incidents of violence against the protesters, even after the attempted overthrow on Thursday: “, Wrote.

Defense Minister Bnei Gantz Contented himself with condemning the violence directed at the protesters and called on the police to bring the perpetrators to justice. “Attacking the demonstrators tonight and in recent days is unacceptable. The demonstrations that are taking place according to the guidelines are a legitimate and vital thing in a democracy. I call on the police to get their hands on the attackers and bring them to justice.” In response they answered him “The Black Flags”: “Insufficient words: as long as you serve the defendant you are as guilty as he is – resign!”.

The attack in Kiryat Yuval in Jerusalem (Photo: Noa Ritchka)

The arrows of criticism were also aimed at the Minister of Internal Security Amir Ohana. Protest organizations called on him to resign this evening amid police violence, violence against protesters and the police’s violent and indiscriminate enforcement of demonstrations. “Instead of worrying about the peace of the demonstrators, the police came to the area to abuse them violently. The sole responsibility for the loss of conscience of the police lies with the Minister of Internal Security, Amir Ohana. Ohana turned the police into a political police force in the service of the criminal defendant. It is clear that his provocative spirit has seeped from the senior command into the area“.

“In recent weeks, the police have not resorted to measures to suppress the protest and have used severe violence against law-abiding protesters, but do not protect them from law-breaking attackers. Menachem Begin emphasized in his speeches things about the police that seem to have been written today: ‘ Goddess against civilian-protesters; the right to demonstrate is a natural right, which cannot be appealed or taken away. ‘ We demand that Minister Ohana resign this evening and call on the blue and white ministers to join this demand and return the police to be the police of the people. “.

MK Mickey Levy He wrote: “It is no secret that the police will be dear to my heart and I feel flesh and blood. That is why I have been involved in countless cases in recent times in an attempt to bridge the gap between police and protesters in order to lower the flames. “

“Unfortunately, I feel, and I say this with the utmost caution, The intervention of the Minister of Internal Security directly in front of the district commanders goes beyond what has been customary and appropriate for years and puts the police and its senior officials in an impossible situation. They are deprived of the freedom to make informed decisions. The police must not be perceived as taking sides in the political conflict. The police are not Netanyahu’s defensive wall, nor will they succeed in breaking the spirit of the people. These unnecessary confrontations only add fuel to the fire. The police need to accommodate the neighborhood without alienate demonstrations and protesters targeted focus morbidity. That is the order of the day. “

MK Ofer Kasif He wrote: “Netanyahu issued a” contract “on the heads of the demonstrators. He encouraged civilians to persecute and beat” disease spreaders “and he sent the police to suppress the demonstrations through fines and violent false arrests. Netanyahu wants a civil war. “When the government is against the people, the people are against the government!” MK Tamar Zandberg She wrote: “How is it possible that on an evening like this with so many reports of violent attacks by demonstrators across the country, the police actually arrest and fine the demonstrators and not even one arrest of those who attacked them?”.

MK Merav Michaeli Participating in demonstrations in Tel Aviv added: “It cannot be that in places where we could not be there will be severe police violence against citizens and citizens fighting a legitimate democratic struggle. Netanyahu sends the police to treat minds and protesters as a terrorist threat. Police must not fall into this trap. Police and civilians will be here long after. Netanyahu, do not let him burn our country. “







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