In Jerusalem, the demonstrators marched towards the city center, and during the riots two demonstrators were arrested. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. In Tel Aviv, a march took place in the direction of Habima Square, during which demonstrators threw objects at police and ten rioters were arrested. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
According to the demonstrators in Jerusalem, contrary to the agreement with them – the police violently evacuated the protesters. The protesters claim to have talked to the police in order to disperse quietly. The protesters also said that they were told by the police that if they turned to Sucker Park, it would be possible to end the incident quietly. But according to them, the police began to disperse the demonstration using a machete while the demonstrators were present only on Bezalel Street.
Thousands demonstrated in the Charles Clore Garden in Tel Aviv, in economic protest over the government’s handling of the crisis in the economy, created by the corona plague. The demonstration was initiated by the Movement for Quality of Government and the umbrella organization “Cabinet of Hope”, which unites independent organizations, after the police refused their request for an editor in Rabin Square due to the inability to meet the conditions of social distance.
In a demonstration entitled “Fighting for Bread,” thousands gathered, on stage Tislam, Hemi Rodner and others, between the speeches urging the audience not to give up in the face of the “dictatorship” forming before their eyes. “We are not nationals and our country we love cannot be taken over.” The social worker Suhil, a mother of two from Medal al-Carmel, said: ‘I founded the Unemployed Union because I am unemployed. A million unemployed is a disaster, it is not a regret. Suddenly in the middle of life being left without a social and economic network is a trauma, and this is my specialty, throwing an entire public into a struggle for survival while Netanyahu seeks tax benefits.
“Thanks to the demonstrations and the pressure, the government has already had to announce an increase in grants to eligible people and grants to citizens, but that is not enough. We demand a monthly Corona grant of 100% of the salary that was before me, employees and the self-employed, Jews and Arabs. We will not allow less than that. They say there is no money, but for occupation and wars there is money, for the rescue of tycoons there is money, there is money and it is in the hands of a detached elite. ‘
Simultaneously with the event, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, in protest of government corruption. This is the third time this week that a demonstration has been held at the place, and after a demonstration on Tuesday, 50 people were arrested in clashes with the police. The demonstrators marched in the direction of Paris Square in the city.
The protesters in the economic protest shouted “Bibi home”, waving signs reading “Screaming government of remorse”, “an epidemic of lies, fear and selfishness”, and “you are tired of being cut off”. One of the protesters, 40-year-old Nir Hirschman from Modi’in, said: “Prime Minister – the second wave of the Corona did not surprise anyone. You knew it was coming. You wasted your time on nonsense. While you went to get tax exemptions, you had to worry about epidemiology. “In the justice system, you had to plan a fight against unemployment. And what did you do? What did you do? – Nothing. We tell you tonight from this stage – be ashamed.”
“We are here because we woke up and realized that no one in the corridors of power cares for us, we are orphans,” said Yaniv Segal, one of the leaders of the “insulting young people” protest whose people came to Balfour. “We have a prime minister who is preoccupied with himself and trolls all systems in his favor: instead of treating Corona he blames others. He, the other government ministers, throw mud at each other, acting like children in a sandbox,” he said.
“Bibi blames Gantz, Gantz is silent like a fish, and we are meanwhile unemployed, some even hungry, and see our future destroyed before our eyes. Instead of taking the necessary steps to get this nation out of the social, economic, and health mud, they call us.” “Sorry, they call us anarchists.”
Hundreds of police officers were deployed in the Charles Clore Garden area in several security circles designed to enforce distance restrictions and maintain public order. “Police assessments are being made to enable anyone who wishes to do so to participate and exercise the right to protest,” police said.
The demonstrations are taking place after thousands of people came to Rabin Square last Saturday as part of the economic protest, and in the background a series of new restrictions on the economy that were approved on Thursday night. The new restrictions, some of which apply throughout the weekend and some to the Ural this week, relate to movement in the public space, gatherings, activities of the education system, sports activities and places of entertainment.
The protests did not end only in the big cities. Demonstrations were held at many intersections across the country in protest of government policy and functioning in the Corona crisis.
Tonight’s protest at Kanot Junction / Photo: Efrat Diamant
Protest tonight at Shilat Junction / Photo: Hadas Magen
Protest at Kibbutz Hulda / Photo: Guy Lieberman