Jerusalem, Aug 1 (EFE) .- More than 10,000 people gathered in Jerusalem today to ask for the resignation of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanayhu, for his management of the crisis due to the pandemic and its causes of corruption. The protest took place in a new day of increasingly massive demonstrations across the country.
The immediate vicinity of Netanyahu’s residence, in the heart of West Jerusalem, today became the scene of a display of anger, frustration, and impatience, in what was perhaps the most massive protest in the Holy City in the last time.
Whole families, older couples, and many, many young people, sang, shouted, jumped, and danced, all wearing masks, in front of the watchful eyes of thousands of policemen, who mounted a major operation to prevent riots.
Many carried flags of Israel, other images of the prime minister in prison uniform, and some even flags of LGBT pride.
As well as the symbols, their messages also varied, some more focused on the corruption trial against the prime minister, accused of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, and others on what they denounce as irresponsible management of the pandemic and the economic crisis. later.
About 50 kilometers away, a parallel demonstration in Tel Aviv sang the same songs and carried the same signs: “Netanyahu home,” “Tired and frustrated,” “Shame,” “Prime Minister of crime,” they said.
Earlier, the Black Flags movement, one of the organizers of the protests, coordinated small demonstrations at hundreds of intersections from north to south of the country, which joined the already traditional protest at the president’s personal residence in the coastal city of Cesarean section, which today concentrated more than 2,000 people.
“We want a better future, without corruption and with justice, and we want this government to start working for the people and not for themselves,” Nir, a resident of Jerusalem, who attended the demonstration with his wife and his two, told Efe. sons.
“It is the third time that we come, it is incredible what is happening here. I am impressed by the number of people, I think that violence motivated people to go out, because they know that it is the last opportunity to defend our democracy” add.
Violently refers to incidents that took place during the last week and a half, in which extreme right-wing extremists attacked protesters with sticks and bottles, leaving multiple injured and dozens arrested.
Today, these extremists, mostly violent supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem football club, appear not to have been present, but a group of activists from the Likud, Netanyahu’s party, gathered a few meters from the demonstration and exclaimed messages in defense of the president. .
They were about 20, older, sitting in plastic chairs a few meters from the crowd, separated by a fence and a police cordon, and reviewing, by loudspeaker, some of the prime minister’s achievements.
“We are here to defend the prime minister and democracy, because Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud won at the ballot box. They tried through justice, they tried in the elections and since they couldn’t, now they are out on the street, but they won’t succeed either” , pointed to Efe Iris, one of the president’s defenders.
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