TLV protest on police brutality turns into violence between demonstrators

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As the protest progressed into the night, some of the protesters started marching on the Ayalon highway, towards the Azrieli intersection.

By TOBIAS SIEGAL, DANIEL NISINMAN  –  The  Jerusalem Post

Protest against Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Credit: Udi Shaham)

Hundreds of people gathered in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening to protest against police brutality and Public Security Minister Amir Ohana‘s attempts to prevent protests from taking place outside of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Jerusalem.

The protest was organized by the Black Flag movement, whose members chose Ohana’s residence in Tel Aviv as the location for the protest.

As the protest progressed into the night, some of the protesters started marching on the Ayalon highway, towards the Azrieli intersection, which led police to blocking it and dispersing protesters.

Some signs carried by protesters read “Ohana – We have the right to protest!” and “I won’t stay silent as my country changes.”

Ohana came under heavy criticism lately, after allegedly trying to prevent protests from taking place on Balfour street in Jerusalem.

Last week, reports were leaked of Ohana apparently hinting to interim police commissioner Moti Cohen that the police were not acting strongly enough, asking if ultra-Orthodox, Ethiopian, or Arab protesters would have received as easy treatment as those against Netanyahu.

Ohana has since claimed that he did not try to ban the protest, but rather to have it moved to another site in Israel’s capital city.

At some stage, according to the protesters, far-right activists from “La Familia” infiltrated the crowd with the alleged  intention of harassing the demonstrators, which later turned violent.

Oz, an eyewitness at the scene, said to N12 that “I was there and I saw the group slowly approaching us. They wore black bandanas, and I knew something was about to happen. We were subjected to violence. I ran after them, yelled at them and asked police for help, but they did not budge. It’s dangerous to be a protester in Israel.”

After the demonstrators have been dispersed, four were arrested for alleged assault and disturbance of public order. In addition, the Black Flag movement organizers stated that four demonstrators were hospitalized to due injuries inflicted during tonight’s protest.

 

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